Soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players, and is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world.
It is a football variant played on a rectangular grass or artificial turf field, with a goal at each of the short ends.
The object of the game is to score by manoeuvring the ball into the opposing goal.
In general play, the goalkeepers are the only players allowed to use their hands or arms to propel the ball; the rest of the team usually use their feet to kick the ball into position, occasionally using their torso or head to intercept a ball in midair.
The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout, depending on the format of the competition.
List of disciplines
- Beach Soccer
Beach Soccer (Beasal) or Beach football is a variant of the sport of association football. The game itself is played on beaches, and emphasises skill, agility and goals. Whilst football has been played informally on the beach for years, the introduction of beach soccer was an attempt to codify rules for the game.
This was done in 1992 by the founders of Beach Soccer Worldwide, a company set to develop beach soccer and responsible for the majority of its tournaments to this day.
The irregularity of the soft-sand playing surface leads to a style of play where players must improvise. The compact pitch (measuring 28x37 metres) allows players to score from anywhere.
This leads to high scoring games, with an average of sixty attempts at goal in a single game, with an average scoring rate of one goal every 3-4 minutes — eleven goals in total per Game.