Association football, also known as just football, is an organized team game played between a rectangular ball and two teams of eleven players each. It is played by about 250 million players in more than 200 countries and dependencies, which make it the most popular sport in the world. The game is predominantly played in Europe and South America, but it has some significance in all parts of the globe. The most common equipment includes a football with a cup or regulation base. The ball is usually colored black, white, red or blue. However, in some countries, such as Australia and the United States, the ball is colored green or yellow.
A number of sub-sports are played in the football games. They are soccer (which is the most common in the world), cricket, American football (also the most common in America), rugby (a kind of American football) and basketball. Rugby is played between two teams and it differs from football in many ways: in rugby, the forward doesn’t have to dribble the ball with his feet; he has to throw the ball through the goal. It doesn’t make much difference whether the player is playing for his own country or for another one, since both teams play this game. A penalty is a penalty and he may be forced to go to the bench.
In addition to having two halves, the game also includes a halftime. Usually, the halftime starts with a play called ‘conversion’. This means that a player is substituted by one of the players of the other team and vice versa. After the substitution, the teams resume playing half an hour more. In the next half, play will be limited to fifteen minutes for each half. However, for the entire game, play is kept for 45 minutes players.
To further confuse things even more, there is another variation of this game called Association football. Association football is played between two teams with each team containing eleven players. The play is quite similar to soccer and involves passing the ball around with both feet. The only difference is that, in Association football, two team members are allowed to take turns to kick the ball.
The game of football can either be played indoors or outdoors. In indoor games, the field usually consists of a rectangular shaped room which is divided by four walls with an opening in the middle. The soccer ball used in such games is round and has a very short flight. This means that a volley is the only way to score.
American football is the most popular kind of football in America. Many people follow the games either on TV or the internet. Although it was previously played between two teams with only eleven players, in recent times, it has been played between teams consisting of twenty players. The rules of football in America are almost the same with that of the English game, but the direction in which it is played has slightly changed.