Facts on the World Cup
The world Cup is an international soccer tournament that is held every four years between teams from several countries around the globe. This has many interesting aspects and facts which are listed below.
- 32 teams will participate in the World Cup.
- It was first held in 1930.
- The World Cup began when FIFA president Jules Rimet decided to have an international soccer tournament.
- Currently it has a two year qualifying process.
- The tournament consists of two parts, the first is the qualifications phase and the second is the finals.
- The most widely viewed sporting event in the world is the Worl Cup.
- England entered the Cup in 1950 and has been in all of the games since. Their best performance was when the won the cup in 1966 when the tournament was held in England.
- England is one of 8 nations to win the World Cup.
Field picture description
The lines include: A touch line, a goal line, a goal box, penalty box, and also at each corner is a 5 ft high corner flag.
Rules of the game and how it is played
All players are required to wear a jersey, shorts, shin guards, socks and cleats and if the ref decides that they aren't correct then they can be sent off until the problem is fixed.
Some basic rules
- Dangerous play. High kicking near a player’s head, for example.
- Illegal obstruction. This happens when a player intentionally takes a position between and an opponent when that player isn't within playing distance of the ball.
- Charging the goalkeeper in the goal area.
- Goalkeeper playing the ball with his hands when the ball is kicked by a teammate.
- Goalkeeper Interferes. Unsafe play such as charging the goalie.
- Goalkeeper takes more than four steps while controlling the ball.
- Intentionally wasting time towards the end of a game.
The next is a red card, which usually will come after 2 yellows, will be shown in times where:
- Kicking a player intentionally.
- Jumping up at a player and making contact.
- Charging a player in a rough way, especially if hands are involved.
- Charging a player from behind.
- Tripping a player.
- Hitting, pushing, holding, or spitting at a player.
- Handling the ball by a non-goalie.
A foul inside the penalty box, which is outside of the goal, happens when a defender fouls an opponent in his or her own penalty box. This results in a penalty kick where the goalie must stay on the line and the ball is kicked from a certain area into the goal.