Football is a global sport, attracting fans from all over the world. However, the globalization of football has also caused many issues within the sport. For instance, in Africa, football clubs often control the entire career of a player. Despite this, FIFA rules have protected the interests of players by ensuring that agents have a license and are required to pass an examination set by their national association.
The governing bodies in every country organise leagues for the game. The teams play each other in home and away matches throughout the season, accumulating points. The top teams are declared champions and can compete in higher divisions. The bottom teams may be relegated. The best teams may also qualify for international club competitions.
The growth of professionalism in football began in the 1870s, when the leading clubs began charging spectators to watch matches. By 1885, the FA had sanctioned payment of players. This led to many working-class players seeking the professional system to earn more money from playing football. In the UK, the development of professionalism in football was accompanied by an increase in fan followings and the ability to attract better players. The upper classes found refuge in rugby union and cricket instead.
Football is the most popular sport in the world. It’s played between teams of eleven players, including one goalkeeper. However, some variations of football have fewer players per team. The goal is to move the ball from one side of the field to the other in a short period of time. The game is played on a pitch that is approximately 120 yards long and 75 yards wide.