The Basics of Football


Football is a sport in which two teams of eleven players attempt to score goals through passing the ball to each other. The aim is to make more goals than the other team during a standard adult game of 90 minutes. There are several subtypes of the game.

In the early years of the game, there were no specific rules. The players were free to play the game however they wished. They could pass the ball to each other, dribble it, and kick it.

The game was difficult to enforce, and many laws were passed in Europe to ban the sport. It was not until the late 17th century that England’s Football Association set up rules to regulate the game.

In addition to the governing body FIFA, the sport is regulated by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The IFAB has a number of directives that contribute to the regulation of the game.

The basic rules of the game are broken down into seventeen laws. They are designed to be applicable to all levels of the game. There are also modifications to the laws if the game is played by specific groups.

The game is played over two periods of fifteen minutes. The first is called half time, and the second is called full time. If the ball is out of play during one of these periods, it is awarded a goal kick or a corner kick.

The game is played on a field with a playing area of about 120 yards long and 75 yards wide. It is divided into two end zones of 10 yards and six yards, with each zone having a center circle.