Essay on Favorite Sport: The Origin of Soccer
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My favorite sport is association football, best known as soccer, is the most popular sport in the world that requires few elements to be played and is highly acclaimed. It is played around the world in a lot of countries and has big amounts of fans. It consists of eleven players on each side of the field, trying to get the ball to the opposing goal by crossing through the counter team by maneuvering the ball or performing a series of passes to get to the goal and score. Famous teams and players are widely recognized all over the world and most of them face in tournaments, which the best are the FIFA world cup for national teams and the UEFA champions league for club leagues. Soccer in United States is not very popular, and recently was…show more content…
All rules are regulated by a referee that monitors what happens in the field. There are punishments for players that commit faults represented by color cards, yellow and red. The starting position of a game is always in the white dot at the center of the field. Each team is composed by different kind of players, from the goalkeeper, to the defense line, the midfield line and the front striking players that usually score the goals. Each player, official or even the fans, all of them contribute to make the sport interesting. Names like Pele, Maradona or Messi are names that are known even by people that do not follow soccer so close or that do not even know what soccer is, but because of the transmission of soccer worldwide they are known. There are different attributes that made up a good player. People thing that is all about talent, skills and maneuvers, but there is more in a player than those values. A good player described by most soccer experts or soccer legends, is a player that performs as a leader in the field and manage the team by spreading confidence in their teammates, formulating strategies and having a spirit of leadership. Some players that may gather these characteristics are Ronaldo, Zidane, Messi, Pele and Ibrahimovic, that usually became the team captains. Pele, considered the best soccer player in the world, said, “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness
The Sport of Soccer Essay
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The Sport of Soccer
Not much is known about the origin of soccer. However, the Greeks and Romans played football and ball kicking games. The London Football Association developed the first sets of rules in 1863. British sailors and settlers brought the game to India, South America and Europe.
During the late 19th century, soccer was brought to the United States. However, it did not prove popular until after World War I. In 1908, soccer was made an Olympic event. Since 1952, Hungary has won the most gold medals with three.
Even today, although it is an international game, it has been slow to gain popularity as an intercollegiate sport in this country. It is however, gaining popularity and is being included in physical education…show more content…
In soccer there are many rules that have changed. Back in the 1700's the playing field was shaped like a square. There were only four major markings on the field. They were the touchlines, goal lines, halfway line, and the eighteen-yard lines. When the Football Association (FA) was created in 1863, the first uniform rules were made. FIFA now requires that soccer be played on a rectangular field between one hundred and one hundred-thirty yards long and between fifty and one hundred yards wide. For international matches the field should be between one hundred- ten and one hundred-twenty yards long and between seventy and eighty yards wide. There are two goals, one placed at each end of the field. They are eight feet tall, eight yards across, and six feet deep. The lines that mark the sides of the field are called touchlines; those that mark the two ends of the field are called goal lines. Also there are five other distinctive lines. They are the halfway lines, the goal areas, the penalty areas, the corner marks, and the center circle.
In 1908 soccer was put in every summer Olympic Game. Since 1952 Hungary has won the most gold medals.
By 1930 the interest in soccer was high enough to ensure the success of the first World Cup. Even though only thirteen Countries entered that was still enough to have the first World Cup. Soccer didn't come to the United States until 1620.
Soccer first became recognized in the United States when the National Collegiate Athletic