Soccer games refer to the European type of football, officially known as association football. The difference in title is done in order to avoid confusion with American football, also known as “tackle football”. Whereas American football is more similar to rugby in that the use of hands on the ball is allowed and the players must tackle other players in order to get the ball or score points, in association football the use of hands is prohibited and penalized. Soccer games are played with legs and feet and the only ones allowed to touch the ball are the goalkeepers; they can pick it up and throw it on the other side of the field and they can touch it in order to prevent it from entering the gate.
In order to play soccer games you need two teams, each consisting of eleven active players, not counting reserves, coaches and so on. European football is the most popular sport in the world, with over 200 countries having it as a professional and amateur sport. Speaking of amateur sports, soccer games are among the most preferred games by regular people and, reportedly, these people are 250 million in number.
Even though we said soccer games do not allow the use of hands but only feet in order to move and kick the ball, some players sometimes use other parts of their bodies to stop or handle the ball, such as other parts of their legs, their torso and sometimes, their heads. A game of football is usually divided into two rounds, two innings, each 45 minutes long with a 15-minute break in between. The team who manages to gather the most points is the winner; in case there’s a more important competition, for a title or a cup, the game needs to go in favor of one of the teams, so players are given the opportunity to shoot for the gate from a distance of eleven meters.
If the game is still a tie after this, it can be prolonged with another two rounds of 15 minutes each, of normal game, in which the two teams try to settle the score. Soccer or association football has been played in the modern version we all know from the nineteenth century in England, but similar ball sports have been played for centuries, maybe as early as the Roman Empire or Ancient China. Ever since then it has never lost popularity with people of all ages, sexes and educations.