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
How To Play Soccer? Soccer is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. According to FIFA which is the international foundation of football association, soccer is played by two hundred and fifty million players in over two hundred countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by using any part of the body besides the arms and hands to get the ball into the opposing goal. One way to learn how to play soccer is to know its skills, field and equipment and the general rules.
There are five fundamental skills that a beginner player should know before starting playing soccer. The major skill is passing, knowing how to pass the ball to other teammates is a major part of the game by using the inside part of the foot. In addition to passing, controlling the ball is another necessary skill that any player should master. Also, dribbling an opponent with or without the ball is a skill that needs some techniques, not every soccer player can dribble.
Moreover, kicking the ball is a major skill that allows players to score goals, to kick a ball, a player should hit the ball in the center by using the front of the foot. Finally, stopping the opponent or tackling is one of the duties that is assigned to defenders and midfielders, they try as much as they can to recuperate the ball from the opponent team in order to rebuild an attack. Passing, controlling, dribbling, kicking and tackling are the five major skills in soccer.
Additionally, soccer is played in a rectangular field that is divided into two parts. The length of the field is one hundred and thirty yards and the width is hundred yards. In addition, there are eleven player in each side of the field, every player has a position that is assigned by the coach who choose the best tactic to play, the most famous tactic is 4-4-2: one goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders and two attackers. Furthermore, we don’t need much equipment to play soccer, all what we need is a spherical ball, a jersey, a short and shin guards to protect players legs.
The Field, players positions and the equipment are three vital elements in playing soccer. Moreover, like other sports, soccer has its own rules. There is four referees, the duty of the official referee is to enforce the laws of the game and control the match in co-operation with the two assistant referees and with the fourth official who organize substitutions. There are two types of warnings in soccer, yellow and red card. The referee give one the cards basing on the foul committed.
For example, if a defender touches the ball by his hand voluntarily, the referee give him a yellow card, if the player touches the ball inside the operating area the referee gives him a red card which means an expulsion from the match. In addition, there are two kinds of kicks in soccer, direct and indirect kick. In direct kick the player kicks the ball directly to the net.
In contrast, in the indirect kick, the player passes the ball to one of his teammate to continue their attack operation. Having an idea about soccer rules, fouls and the different types of kicks may help players to get familiar with the circumstances of matchs. Finally, based on my experience, I believe that soccer is a wonderful sport to play because it combines between tactical and physical skills. Also it needs few equipment and requires to know about basic rules to ensure a better playing condition.