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Soccer (Association Football)

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Known as Futbol or Association Football in countries outside of the U.S., Soccer is the most popular sport throughout the globe with over three billion fans. Adored for its simplicity and elegance, it's gaining fans and players every day.

Soccer is world renowned as the sport that never stops. With national teams, league tournaments, and exhibition matches, the professional players are always in the spotlight. Not to mention the World Cup every four years which takes close to a month to complete and garners viewership close to one billion for the final.

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FAQ

Both terms are correct. In the U.S. and Canada it is most commonly called soccer, but the rest of the world says football or ftbol. The most technical or proper term is association football.

What is offsides in soccer?

Offsides occurs when a shot or a pass is attempted to a player who is past the last remaining defender of the opposing team. If past the midfield mark, you may not pass the ball to your teammate if they are (at the exact moment of the pass) behind the final defender or player (aside from the goalkeeper) on your opponent's side of the field.

When is the World Cup?

The FIFA World Cup occurs every four years. The tournament has taken place since 1930, where it was hosted by Uruguay. The women's tournament takes place one year prior to the men's, and debuted in 1991.

How long are soccer matches?

A soccer match lasts 90 minutes and is divided into two 45 minute halves. Stoppage time is added to each half under the discretion of the head referee. If tied, a match may end as a draw, go to extra time, or go to a penalty shootout.



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