Association football, also commonly called football or soccer, is an aggressive team game played between two teams of eleven players each. It is so popular that it is played by more than 250 million people in more than 200 nations and dependencies, making it arguably the world’s leading sport. The game involves a simple tug-of-war style of play, with each team trying to score more points than the other. If a team scores more goals than its opponent, then it becomes the winner.
There are several different types of competitions in Association football; the most common is the regular season. Each team competes throughout the year in regular season competitions until the season ends. Then the playoffs begin, where teams compete for three championships each. The championship round is the highest stage of competition in the sport; this is followed by the Cup playoffs. Competitions such as the Reserve League, U.S. Open, and other lower level tournaments are considered to be part of the lower league competitions, whereas the official cups and leagues are considered to be part of the higher league competitions.
In association football, there are two separate phases of play: the offensive and defensive phases. The offensive phase of play consists of attempting to score goals to score kicks or through passing of the ball into the goal. The defensive phase of play involves trying to prevent the opposition from scoring goals through tackling, deflections, and other tactics. The object of the game is to win, through beating the opponent.
The United States Football Association or NCAA is the governing body for association football. Every four years, the four non-conferences are invited to join the Super Conferences for the purpose of hosting the NCAA Championship events. Since 2006, the NCAA has had a name change from the National Soccer Hall of Fame to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer championship. Each of the four regional confederations are allowed to choose one team per year as the champion.
Each football team is assigned a number of football fields that they must use to play each game. The field is divided into ten sectors that have three segments of thirteen yards each, with three goals that are based on 60 cm (20″), which is the average height of most football players today. The football goal is surrounded by a cage of safety equipment and players are usually covered with jerseys, gloves, socks, helmets, and padding. The goal post, which is located on the center of the foul line, is surrounded by two posts that are posted measuring 60 cm in diameter.