The World Of Soccer – A Worldwide Phenomenon
Association football, also known as just football, is an international team game played between two geographically separated teams of eleven players each. It is played throughout the world by about 250 million people in more than 200 different countries and dependencies. Some of the world’s leading football teams are England, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Argentina, Italy and Uruguay. International friendlies are regularly played between football nations. There have been some memorable international games that have helped the popularity of the sport increase:
First World War. A number of football clubs was formed to try to prevent the war. It soon became widely accepted by the footballing community in Europe as a way to put off the dreaded Blitzkrieg (the shortened form of the German military word “Blitz”), which was intended to be the German military strategy of mass devastation.
World Cup: This is the most well-known event in football history; the World Cup is the most attended and watched event in the entire footballing world. The World Cup is hosted every four years and is held in different countries. The most recent World Cup was held in Germany in 1998 and featured teams from all around the world. This competition determines the qualification spots for the World Cup finals, which begin in Germany in February 2021 and will eventually go all the way to Brazil in June 2021. A World Cup final can draw huge audiences and interest to a whole range of fans, especially in non-English speaking countries such as North America.
UEFA: The Uefa is the governing body for football in Europe and organizing the Cup tournaments. It consists of ten countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Cup tournaments are played between the groups of nations in the European Union. The most prestigious Cup tournament in Europe is the Champions League, which consists of the four semi-professional teams from Europe.
FA Cup: The FA Cup is also known as the FA Premier League, and is the top club cup in the English footballing world. The FA Cup comprises of two divisions: The FA Cup Winners’ Cup and The FA Amateur Cup. Every year, the winner of each division receives a large pot prize to be split between the two competing clubs. The third division is the FA Intertoto Cup, which is an inter-club competition similar to the FA Cup but played between the top footballing national teams.
International Football Association Football: The International Football Association is the governing body of international football. Each of the five nations in the association football play each other once every four years during a designated season. Two teams may represent one country, while the other must represent another at the same time. This competition draws massive crowds from all over the world and is considered to be the most exciting international competition. There are several cups competitions held throughout the year, including the UEFA Cup, FIFA World Cup and the Intertoto Cup.