BY Jose Cantu


Players in these positions are referred to as outfield players, to distinguish them from the goalkeeper.

Players are forbidden to wear or use anything that is dangerous to themselves or another player, such as jeweler or watches.

At the turn of the 21st century, the game was played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world's most popular sport.


Football is generally a free-flowing game, with play stopping only when the ball has left the field of play or when play is stopped by the referee for an infringement of the rules.

The growth in women's football has seen major competitions being launched at both national and international level mirroring the male competitions.

Bandy is a variant of hockey played on ice the size of a football pitch, under rules similar to those of association football.


Teams that had forfeited a game or had been forfeited against would be awarded a technical loss or win.

Teams are placed into tables, placing them in order according to points accrued.

The team that has scored more goals at the end of the game is the winner; if both teams have scored an equal number of goals then the game is a draw.

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