The attacking team attempt to kick the ball past the opposition goalkeeper and between the goalposts to score a goal
|Highest governing body||FIFA|
|Nickname(s)||Football, soccer, fùtbol, footy/footie, "the beautiful game", "the world game"|
|First played||Mid-19th century England|
|Team members||11 per side|
|Mixed gender||Yes, separate competitions|
|Categorization||Team sport, ball sport|
Association football is a sport played between two teams. It is usually called football, but in some countries, such as the United States, it is called soccer. In Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Canada and Republic of Ireland, both words are commonly used.
Each team has 11 players on the field. One of these players is the goalkeeper, and the other ten are known as "outfield players." The game is played by kicking a ball into the opponent's goal. A match has 90 minutes of play, with a break of 15 minutes in the middle. The break in the middle is called half-time.
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There are many competitions for football, for both football clubs and countries. Football clubs usually play other teams in their own country, with a few exceptions. Cardiff City F.C. from Wales for example, play in the English leagues and in the English FA Cup.
Groups such as UEFA and FIFA organise international competitions between clubs and countries. Clubs play in competitions such as UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup, and countries play for the World Cup or a continental trophy such as the European Championship.
The FIFA World Cup takes place every four years between national teams, and is the world's most popular sporting event, even more popular than the Olympic Games. In football, there are two main types of competitions. In a "league", all of the teams play the same number of games, but in a "cup", teams leave the competition when they lose, until the last two teams play each other to decide the winner.
If a game is tied after 90 minutes, the game will continue onto extra time. Extra time may be up to 30 minutes maximum, before a penalty shootout occurs.
Football is the world's most popular sport. It is played in more countries than any other game. In fact, FIFA (the Federation Internationale de Football Association) has more members than the United Nations. It is played by both males and females.
In Europe, the main competitions to compete to be the best in Europe are the Champions League for the top teams from the top leagues in each country in Europe. Then there is UEFA Europa League which is for the next best teams from each member of the UEFA.
The most successful club in the world is Rangers F.C. from Scotland, who have won more major titles than any other team in the world. They have won the country's league 51 times which is a world record. Other successful clubs are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona from Spain, Palmeiras from Brazil or Tottenham Hotspur F.C. from England.
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