Association football, also known as football Association, is a professional team sport played between two evenly matched teams of eleven players each. It is played in about 200 nations and dependencies, which make it the most popular sport worldwide. The game is played for ten to fourteen minutes, with breaks in regulation (usually 1 minute) for corners, half-time and extra time. As it is an open game, rules are fairly simple and widespread.
The game of association football is similar to soccer, the most common game played throughout the world, but in Association football there is no use of a ball. The ball is only used as a device to play the game. Two paddles are used to control the ball in a friendly game. These paddles have to be attached to both paddled feet. This enables a player to use both feet together to push the ball with power.
Since international football association football began in Division I of the South American and European conferences in 1987, there have been two World Cups and 12 continental tournaments. The tournaments are arranged in a way that a tournament can be joined by all the countries that qualify, and without qualification from the other countries. This is known as qualification for World Cup qualification. Every four years, the host country hosts the championship.
Association football is played in different countries than soccer. Association football can also be played at the professional level, for example in Germany, England, Italy and Spain. Every country has its own national association football association. The main article in this article covers the English FA and Scottish FA. This article also covers the Dutch Football Association and the Italian Aventura. These associations play in the European Cup, the UEFA Cup and the Intertoto Cup.
Association football is played on an oval field, sometimes with the pitch being made out of grass. Half of the playing area is called the forwards line, from where the players kick the ball. The field is divided by lines on the outside that mark the positions of the players on the touchline. There is also a penalty box, where the referee awards penalties.
Rugby Union is another common sport played between groups of people. The rugby ball is heavier than the football ball, and it travels slower. Unlike football, rugby union is played with one team playing at a time. The ball is usually played with nine players. To play rugby, a team must form a scrum line. The official rules for rugby union are known as the CAMFA (Cannons for Football Association) rules.