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.
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Football is one of the most widely played and oldest games in existence. The ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans played something very similar to Football long before the English Kings in the 1300s and 1400s tried to outlaw what they described as a violent sport.
In modern terms, Football began when the Football Association of England was founded in 1863. The game was spread throughout the world by English sailors who used to play it wherever they went.
Men's Association football was an Asian Games sport since the 1951 edition. Women's football competition began on 1990.
Since 2002 Asian Games, age limit for men teams is under-23, same as the age limit in football competitions at the Summer Olympics, while three over aged players are allowed among each squad.
Football was incorporated into the Asian Games in 1951.