World Cup


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.
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Field picture description

The G stands for the goalie which is the person that keeps the ball from going into the goal an dis the only player that can touch the soccer ball with their hands. The D's stand for the defenders who keep the ball away from their own goalie so the opposing team can not even get near the goal to score. Full-back would be the F, they try to keep the other team from attacking on the sides, they will usually be classified as left or right. M stands for midfielder and their job is to play offense and try to score the goals by getting the ball passed the goal keeper, they will usually do most of the running.

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

To start you must know the objective of the game which is to get more goals than the other team which you do by getting the ball passed the goalie and into the goal. The two teams will usually contain around 11 players each with a certain position. You can use any body parts except for hands (excluding the goalie). To begin the game there will be a kickoff which is where both teams must be on their own side and then when the whistle is blown the ball will be kicked and anyone can move freely onto both halves of the field. The midfield players will then try to pass the ball and dribble across the field in order to kick the ball into the goal. This happens all while the other team is trying to do the same thing. When the ball leaves the field then depending on who kicked it out, the ball will go to the other team and they will either do a throw-in , where you keep both feet planted on the ground and throw the ball into the field, a corner kick, or a goal kick. Games are made up of two 45 minute halves.

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

A referee will reference colored cards for warnings. The first is a yellow card which will be shown in times when:

  • 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.