Advancing the ball with kicks, running with it, passing to other team mates, trying to the opponent’s end of the field, shooting in between the goal posts and scoring a point, this is football . The winning team is the one that has scored more number of point (goal) when a specified length of time has elapsed. Civilization throughout history all played ball games and many of these can be considered forerunner to the modern game, which was established in England in the late nineteenth century. Ball games were first played in Egypt as early as 1800 BCE. However there are claim that suggest ball games were played even earlier in Ancient China, maybe as early as 2500 BC. Document evidence, a manual of Chinese military during the Han Dynasty in about 2nd century BC, describes an organized activity resembling football. It was known as ‘Cuju’ (Tsu Chu), which involved kicking a leather ball through a hole in a piece of silk cloth strung between two 30 foot poles. There is also evidence to show that ball games in Egypt were linked to fertility rites and religious ceremonies. These ball games involved large numbers of people and records indicate that these games were sometimes used as an exercise to the soil. The game was re- invented, after over a thousand years by the English. But the name ‘Football’ was used by number of different related team sport, such as Rugby football, American football, Australia rules football, Gaelic football and Canadian football. Association football, goes by the name ‘Soccer’. However, many believe that Walter Camp adapted rugby into the sport of football. He contributed many changes from Rugby and Soccer to American football.
With each team consisting of 11 players w=each, American football is one of the most tiring and exciting game in the world. Here points are scored by touching the ground beyond the goal line to score six points which is often termed as “touch down” or by kicking the ball between the goal posts for a field goal which fetches the team 3 points.
SOCCERThis is one of the most popular game in the world. The 2 team consisting of 11 players each, have to score a send the ball into the goal of opponent either by hand or by feet. Only the goal keeper can use hands and that also in a bounded area.
FIFAThe international Federation of Association Football, commonly known by its French acronym, FIFA is the international governing body of association football. Its headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland, and it’s current president is Sepp Blatter. FIFA is responsible for the organization and governance of football’s major international tournaments, most notably the FIFA World Cup, held since 1930.
Crazy facts about football
Most team goals scored in a first-class match 36 – Scottish Cup Tie where homeside Arbroath beat Bon. Accord by 36-0 September 1885.
Most goals scored by one player in a single match 16 – Stephen Stanis (France) playing for Racing Club de Lens in December 1942.
Most goals scored by a goalkeeper in a single match Penalty hat-trick by goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert (Paraguay) playing for Velez Sarsfield in the Argentine professional league.
Fastest goal scored Based on video evidence, one of the fastest ever scored was in 2.8 seconds by Ricardo Olivera (Uruguay) in December 1998.
Fastest time to score a hat-trick 2 mins 13 second – Jimmy O’Connor playing for Shelburne (Ireland) in November 1967.
Longest throw-in 48.17 metres (158 ft 0.4 in) – Michael Lochner at Bexley High school, Ohio (USA) in June 1998.