Soccer, or football as it is known in many places, has a long history. It started in England in 1863. e Football Association in England was formed when rugby and football started to split. Since then, the game has spread across the globe. It was most likely brought to many di erent countries by English colonists. Even though 1863 was the o cial beginning of the soccer we know today, people have been using their feet to kick a ball around for much longer. Similar games were recorded in China during the Han Dynasty and in ancient Japan. e Greeks and eventually the Romans played similar games, too.
• To play, you rst need two teams of 11 people.
• e next step is nding a ball.
• e eld should be a at, long space with a goal on either end.
• e objective is to kick the ball into the opposing team’s goal.
• Only the goalie can use their hands to touch the ball.
• e goalie is the person who stands right in front of the net and tries to keep • the ball from going in.
• No one else can use their hands, but feet, chests and heads are all useful tools. • e team that scores the most goals during the allotted time wins.
Modern professional soccer has a lot of speci c rules, but because it is the most popular game around the world, there are a lot of variations. O en, the changes are made because in many countries the people playing don’t have access to the right equipment to play like professionals. ey may just have a ball, a few friends and some clear ground. Of course, if you can play on a real eld with equipment and all the o cial rules, that is great. But the most important thing is having fun. You don’t need fresh grass, cleats and a brand new net to have fun. All you need to have fun and play football like millions of people around the world is a few friends, a ball and a little imagination.
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