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In the Beginning

Early evidence of soccer being played as a sport finds evidence occurrence in China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. Early growth of modern soccer started in England where it is joked that the first ball used was the head of a Danish brigand. Soccer spread rapidly during the 1800's as British sailors, traders, and soldiers introduced it to different parts of the globe.


In the medieval times, old form of soccer used to allow many evil practices such as kicking, biting, and gouging. Masses used to get so wild that there were frequent incidents of violence during the game. King Edward III banned soccer in 1365,owing to the growing incidents of violence and military indulgence in the sport. In 1424, King James I of Scotland also banned soccer.


In 1815, popular English School and Eton College came forth with a set of of rules known as the Cambridge Rules. Modern-day soccer was established in 1863, 48 years after the rules. In October of 1863, eleven reprensentatives from London clubs and schools met to set up common fundamental rules to control the matches. The formation of the Football Association was one of the results of the meeting.

Rules and Regualtions

  • There are two teams of 11 to a side
  • Each player is required to wear a jersey, shorts, socks, cleats, and shin guards that must be covered entirely with socks
  • Referee's word is law
  • Referee's word is law
  • There are two 45-minute halves with a half time period that cannot exceed 15 minutes
  • Offsides-level or behind second to last defender
  • Yellow Card/Yellow Card- A player who receives a yellow card(caution) may continue playing the game but a player who receives a second yellow card followed by a red card must leave the field immediately and cannot play any further in the game
  • Direct/Indirect free kicks-
  • Penalty Kick-
  • Goal Kick- Awarded to a defensive player when the ball is driven out of bounds over the end line by an opposing player
  • Corner Kick-
  • Throw In-

Safety Concerns

Most soccer injuries are minor but serious ones like broken bones and concussions do happen. Ankle sprains are the most common while hamstring/calf strains, groin injuries, shin/knee splits(ACL) and concussions frequently happen


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