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The biggest sport in the entire world is football, having adoring fans on all continents, and the competitions are such big events, that millions of people watch them, either by going directly to the stadium and watching from the stands, or from television. There is no sport out there that is as popular as this one, and, we’re definitely not talking about the American version, but about the classic game of football, which is also called Soccer in some countries like the United States.
Just the fact that the World Cup is one of the most viewed sports competitions in the world should be proof enough of this sport’s popularity, in addition to the fact that it has stood the test of time, with the game having been started by the British in the 19th century, and, after they started conquering different parts of the world, they spread the game in those countries, and even nations that did not have any connections with them directly, started playing them.
Everyone loves this sport, or soccer, whatever you call it, primarily men, but there are women’s soccer teams as well, as it is really a game for anyone. If you’re not that athletic, or you may not even be able to play football in real life, you don’t need to worry, since virtual sports are all the rage right now, so we are not at all surprised by the popularity of our games, the category where you find yourselves right now, which is one of our best.
Just the fact that the FIFA Games series or the Pro Evolution Soccer Games series are two of the highest-selling franchises of sports video games is proof enough of that. In recent years, games for browsers have also advanced quite a lot, since the new technology allows the games to be more and more realistic, which is why they are so much fun, so if your device might not play the big premium video games, it will surely run our equally-fantastic games!
The most important Football competitions in the world
Like we said, not only can you go to the football stadium and see your favorite team play, but you can also view the matches on television, and almost anyone can play it. Yes, there are professional leagues, such as the Premier League in England, Primera Division, or La Liga in Spain, Germany’s Bundesliga, Serie A in Italy, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in Brazil, and other leagues in different continents and countries.
Winners of the leagues in Europe get to take part in inter-continental championships, where teams from different countries get to play with one another for the chance to be the best teams in Europe, with the most important trophy being that of the UEFA Champions League, and then the UEFA Europa League, which is for teams that are not as strong as the ones in the primary championship. The winners of both these titles then play to earn the UEFA Super Cup.
This is all at the club levels, which are privately-owned teams that play in their championships in each country, but then there are the national teams. A national team has the right to select players of that nationality from any club, no matter where they are in the world, and together they represent their nation in championships against the teams of other countries. The most important event is that of the World Cup, which is the most important event when it takes place, once every four years.
When the World Cup is one, everyone is watching, and it is such a big event that it is the main point of focus of so many fans during those summer months. An equally fun and important event is that of the UEFA European Championship, where just the national teams from Europe take part to see who is the best one. Obviously, there are similar competitions in other continents, with some of the most popular ones taking part in Latin-America, which has a rich history of soccer, as well as recently, Asia.
Some of the most important teams in the world, which are very popular, include FC Barcelona and Real Madrid from Spain, who, when they play one another, their match is called El Classico, Liverpool, Chelsea, or Manchester United from England, AC Milan from Italy, Bayern Munchen from Germany, while some of the most notable players right at the top of our head include Messi and Ronaldo from the current generation, who are football’s biggest superstars!
The two teams play for ninety minutes, and the soccer team that has scored the most goals at the end of that time wins. In some cases, extra time can be given by the referee, who makes sure that everyone respects the rules. Players only move the ball using their foot, hence the name of the sport, and because of this, a big number of goals is not something that professional soccer is known for, which is why everyone celebrates a goal way more than in other sports.
Obviously, the team with better players, the better strategy, and the most ambitious are going to win. The players are assigned different roles, depending on their area on the pitch. We’ve got defenders, which stay close to the goal in order to protect it, the midfielders sit in the middle of the pitch, where they try to direct the flow of the game to their’s team advantage, and the offensive players sit in the front, as they go on the attack to score goals on the opposing team.
Teams can be awarded penalty kicks, where they kick the ball, just one player against the goalie, which are basically free shots, and they can turn the tide of the game. If a team throws the ball outside of their bounds, the other team gets a corner kick, where they shoot from the corner of the field. If you throw the ball on the sides, outside, the opposing team gets it and they get to kick it from there. There are also the free kicks, where you shoot from different parts of the field, with a wall of players sitting in front of the kicker, as a defense.
Rules that can be broken are quite many. First of all, everyone besides the goalkeeper can’t touch the ball with their hands. There is also the off-side, where an attacking player gets the ball behind the last defensive player of the other team, and then the referee stops the play because it would be an unfair advantage. If players intentionally hit one another, these are called faults, and a player can get a yellow card, and if they get two yellow cards, they get a red one and are eliminated from the game. You can also get a red card directly if you did a really bad hit.