The goal of the game is to score by kicking the ball into the opposing goal. Soccer has many nicknames such as The beautiful game and The World Game. The game is played by all ages from children to adults. In general play, the goalies are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands while the field players are to use their feet to kick the ball, sometimes using other parts of their legs, their torso, or their head. Players have different roles in the team. There are forwards who attack and score goals. There are defenders who help to defend the goal.
The team that scores the most goals by the end of the game wins. If in the end the game were to end in a tie either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout, depending on type of competition. The World Cup is the most famous soccer championship. It is held every four years. Teams from many countries of the world compete with each other, and millions of people around the world watch the game on television at that time. It is a very competitive kind of sports that is why it is interesting to watch it.
Soccer is even in the Olympics Each team consists of a maximum of eleven players not including substitutes, one of whom must be the goalkeeper. Goalkeepers are the only players allowed to play the ball with their hands or arms, provided they do so within the penalty area in front of their own goal. The basic kit players are required to wear includes a shirt, shorts, socks, footwear and also shin guards. Headgear is not a required piece of basic equipment but there are many famous players today may choose to wear it to protect themselves from head injury.
A number of players may be replaced by substitutes during the course of the game. The maximum number of substitutions permitted in most competitive international and domestic league games is three, though the permitted number may vary in other competitions such as friendly games. Common reasons for a substitution include injury, tiredness, ineffectiveness, a tactical switch, or substitutions are used for time wasting at the end of a finely poised game.
In standard adult matches, a player who has been substituted may not take further part in a match. A match is not allowed to continue if there are fewer than seven players in either team. A game is officiated by a referee who has full authority over the entire match and whose decisions are final. The referee is assisted by two assistant referees. In soccer there can be consequences for hurting a player. And it is known as a foul, a foul occurs when a player commits an offence while the ball is in play.
Handling the ball deliberately, tripping an opponent, or pushing an opponent, are considered as fouls. They are therefore punished by a direct free kick or penalty kick depending on where the foul occurred. Other fouls are punishable by an indirect free kick. The referee may punish a player with a caution also known as yellow card or a dismissal also known as a red card. A player can also receive two yellow cards in the same game which result in the player getting a red card, and therefore to a dismissal.
A player given a yellow card also it is called being booked, the referee writes down the players name in his official notebook. If a player has been expelled from the game there can be no substitute that can be brought on in their place. You can receive a card at any time during the game. Soccer has fairly simple rules however it is still a difficult game to play. It is a highly strategic game that requires logical thinking, quick reaction and endurance as it is necessary to run without a rest for a long time.