Ninh explains, the Rules of Association Football. Association Football, more commonly known as ‘soccer’ in North America and Football
pretty much everywhere else in the world, is a game played with two teams of 18 players,
with 11 players taking the field at any one time.
The object of the game is for your team to score more goals than the opposing team.
To score a goal, you must put ball into your opponent’s goal.
For it to count, the whole of the ball must cross the goal line.
In football, you are allowed to touch the ball with every part of your body except your
arms. The main ways to move the ball is to kick
the ball to a team mate which is known as a pass,
or run with the ball whilst controlling it with your feet, known as dribbling.
When the ball is in the air, players can head or chest the ball as well. Teams will usually orchestrate passes and
dribbles so that the ball travels up the field so that they can score.
The defending team will try and stop you by tackling.
The can intercept passes, block shots or try and kick the ball away from you and move the
ball in the other direction so that they can score themselves.
A defender must be careful here, as if the referee decides that they made contact with
the player without touching the ball, or made contact without trying to win ball, he can
award a foul against them. Fouls usually lead to free kicks, but can
also lead to a yellow card which is a warning, or a red card where you are sent off the pitch.
Two yellow cards equals one red card. The game is played in two halves of 45 minutes,
for a total playing time of 90 minutes. There’s a 15 minute break at half time.
Unlike most other sports, in football when there is a stoppage in play – the clock does
not stop. Instead, a referee will add the amount of
time all the stoppages last for, and they will play this as ‘added time’ at the
end of each half. Highest score at the end of 90 minutes plus
added time, wins. There are ties in Football, and if both teams
have the same amount of goals at the end of time, this is declared as a draw.
Football is a really simple game and that’s basically it, but there’s a few more things
you’ll need to understand before playing or watching a game. For example. Substitution.
A team can change up to 3 players during a game.
To do this, they must inform the fourth official of who they want to take off and who they
want to put on. Only in a stoppage of play can a substitution be made.
A team cannot change a player if he has already been sent off. Hand ball
If you happen to touch the ball with an arm, forearm, elbow or hand, the referee will call
‘hand-ball’ against you, and possession of the ball is awarded to the other team.
If you commit a hand-ball in your own penalty box, the other team will be awarded a penalty
kick. Penalty Kick
If a defender handles the ball in the penalty box, or brings down an attacker WITH A SCORING
CHANCE in the box, the referee will award a penalty kick to the other team.
The ball will be placed on the spot and any attacking player can try and score with one
kick against the goalie. If a shot is scored, it counts as a goal.
If the shot is missed and it goes out, it’s a goal kick,
if the shot is blocked – the ball is in play and anybody can touch it. Throw in, goal kick, corner kick and free
kick. If the ball leaves the field of play, the
ball is awarded to the team who did not touch it last. If the ball leaves the sides of the field,
a throw in is awarded to the other team. If you touched it last and it goes out behind
your opponent’s goal line, a goal kick is awarded to the other team.
If you touched it last and it goes out behind your own goal line, a corner kick is awarded
to the other team. In the event of a foul, a referee can award
a free kick to the team who was fouled. Off-side.
Ah, the dreaded offside rule. To put it in simple terms,
Imagine a line that extends from your opponents last defender.
You cannot be past that imaginary line when a pass is being played into you.
If you are past the last defender before a ball is passed to you, this is offside and
will result in the other team being awarded the ball.
For you to be onside, you must be in front of (or parallel) to the last defender when
a pass is played towards you. This is a lot to take in, but it’s one of
the easier sports to understand. If you watch a game or two, you’ll probably
pick up the rules just after a few matches. If you have found this video at all helpful,
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video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy football … or soccer if you prefer?! Ninh Ly, www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK