The Rules of Football (Soccer or Association Football) – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Football (Soccer or Association Football) – EXPLAINED!

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,
please like, comment, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is always appreciated. If you’re also on Reddit, you can post this
video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy football … or soccer if you prefer?! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

Comments (100)

  1. Good but ur language at some points was difficult as it was too quick

  2. yeah you know that country Australia that everyone seems to forget although being the only island continent and having quite a few achievements, yeah we call it soccer too.

  3. Great vid my friend! Lemme just suggest tho it'll be great if u speak a liiittle bit slower in ur future tutorial vids 🙂 but again, the tutorial was awesome

  4. It sounds so simple but when you are in the game it's really hard to do.

  5. I don’t knew any about football because of you I learnt many things and rules

  6. As a person that grew up playing American Football, I would like to thank you for this video. I always found Soccer/Football to be interesting.

  7. where to where i5 hand ball

  8. Salah showing his quality back then good finish

  9. This video is SUPER OLD.

  10. thanks for this it really helped

  11. How do you know who the last defender is

  12. Well explained! Good work. Keep it up

  13. You made only a couple mistakes. Overall the vid was great. You forgot to mention the different rules that exist for when in a cup game in the second leg the whole scoring is a draw, the outside goal doubling, the total 30 minutes of added time that are added if there is a draw and the penalty battle that happens after those 30 minutes if its still a draw. Also, in a normal match, the penalty taker can only touch the ball once, otherwise if the keeper saves it other players can touch it if the keeper doesn't hold on the ball (I think you mentioned it but not very clearly). Lastly, the offside rule doesn't work exactly like that, but I understand why you explained it this way. For the curious people, its the 2nd from last player that is the one who controled the line of the offside. The last player is considered the keeper, except when he isn't, then its really tough to understand if its an offside or not.

  14. Soccer is North America. “Football” pretty much everywhere else. LoooL!!
    I still don’t understand “offside”!! ?

  15. And Germany always wins

  16. You didn't explain passbacks/backpass If someone passes the ball to their own goalkeeper he cannot pick it up unless it is from a throw in or if someone uses any other body part except from legs. Nice vid though.

  17. Didn't understand a thing about offset xD

  18. you forgot swearing at the referee and the consequences of attacking the ball when the goalkeeper has it

  19. Great video helped a lot

  20. Thanks for taking the time to explain this rule.

  21. That’s why I like cricket. No hidden rules.

  22. Right now for the second time of my life I'm watching the 2018 World Cup. The first time I saw the World Cup was the 2014 one where Germany blitzkrieg and humilated and embarrased Brazil to the point of tears 7 to 1…Now 4 years later I now know how the sport is played with this video and not only that, Mexico pulled off a huge upset win by beating Germany several hours ago.

  23. thanks for the video!

  24. Can you please help me to understand points table. 0 for lose, 1 for draw and 3 for a win.

    Can it just be 0 for lose, 1 for draw and 2 for win instead of 3. Please explain why and what would make the difference… Thank you

  25. This video is the most helpful one on YouTube

  26. Finally can watch it with my man and not look stupid

  27. I don't understand why soccer players kick the ball high into the air. A player will be in control of the ball…dribbling it lightly along the ground, then he'll wack off and kick it high into the air, half way across the field. Why does he do this? He's already got control of the ball, and he's then doing something that has a 50% chance of giving the ball to the other team. Why?

  28. i can't understand your accent and u talk to fast

  29. Why doesn’t the other team just run towards there goal making the opposing team always offside.

  30. I could be wrong, but I believe the goalkeeper CAN actually touch the ball with his hands, unlike all other players.

  31. Well done Ninh.You called it by it's proper-Association football.

  32. Thanks very much the video is very helpful

  33. I really liked this video, however, I would recommend to create another more detailed video about soccer. Thanks!

  34. Oi Australians call it soccer

  35. You never talked about kickoff

  36. i thought ireland called it soccer this whole time

  37. HONDURAS ? #fuerajoh

  38. I know the rules of football…. I'm just watching it because this channel is good

  39. Does anybody think that this is too basic ? Or just me ?

  40. What if the hand is in contact with body .Does, it consider to be foul

  41. If the hand was completely in contact with body and the ball touches the hand. does, it consider as foul?

  42. Now i can take the test of football subject in school. TH?NKS!

  43. Who is going to have a ball after a goal and how is it given?

  44. In a penalty if it rebounds out everyone can touch except from the penalty taker

  45. It's been years since I've played soccer, and I came across this video to get to know Soccer/Football rules again. 😀
    Thanks for a great and informative video!
    You got yourself another subscriber! 😉

  46. Sounds better to say football Soccer.

  47. I do wish for the American men's team to win the World Cup at least once, which has never happened. Our women's team has done it multiple times.

    Also, thanks for clearing up the offside rule; that always puzzles me.

  48. It's soccer in Ireland

  49. In Ireland it’s called soccer….

  50. I could not understand offside until now. The diagram you showed was very clear, thanks Ninh.

  51. Are you doing a video about bowls

  52. In Australia and New Zealand its “soccer” too

  53. lol I find it hilarious when people get upset because Americans like myself call this sport “Soccer” (although I do call it football when American football is not in season)

  54. Great video. I just started coaching soccer and this video was very helpful!

  55. You are quite amazing

  56. 4:08
    There he is
    The Egyptian King

  57. Hey Ninh, who is your team in the following soccer leagues?:
    Premier League
    La Liga

  58. Im trynna get into other sports but i need to know the rules so i can understand the game, i fuck with it tho

  59. At the beginning it says "teams of 18 players"
    It doesn't have to be 18; different teams have different numbers of players
    Also, it depends on the conpetition how many subs you're allowed to have

  60. Still an empty trophy case for us the Men’s World Cup will someday come to democracy.

  61. 0:08 its called soccer in Ireland

  62. This was really good but I fell like I should of talked about goal keepers

  63. Futsal fans be like = football goalkeeper areas = full futsal pitch

  64. I started watching soccer/football since the age of 5. I know the rules like my name lol. It’s honestly the greatest sport. So many things could happen. It’s a sport where you could actually see someone display incredible talents. Check out players like ronaldinho, messi, ronaldo, pele, etc.

  65. Thank you! Im trying out for soccer on the 18th! I will try my very best♡

  66. Thanks for the video but you're talking way too fast!

  67. Alright, now tell us exactly how high can we raise our leg when we are kicking the ball? And how high are we allowed to jump and raise our leg to kick the ball when it is in the air? I mean for someone who is in Taekwondo, it is a normal thing to kick 6 foot or higher. Yet I heard that if you raise your leg that high in soccer, you could be in trouble with the referee for that. What I also heard is that if you are aggressive and have Ninja or military style defense where at any cost you just can't allow your enemy with the ball to get passed you, or if you surround your enemy in a pack with your other comrades to block and minimize the chance of your enemy moving ahead with the ball, and maximize the chance of getting the ball and possession, then again you are in trouble with the referee. So what is the real answer?

  68. The games was invented in china, not whatever the thumbnail shows

  69. Where is the free kick inside the oppsing teams penalty box

  70. Thanks so much this was very simple, and easy to understand

  71. In ireland we call it soccer 2

  72. In Ireland we say soccer because we have a sport called Gaelic football. But we call it football

  73. The Irish call it soccer

  74. In MEXICO, because i am from Mexico City, FOOTBALL in Spanish means: BALON-PIE

  75. Very nice… thank you for the brief explanation!

  76. Excellent video, simple and straight forward. Thanks.

  77. Woo hoo I finally get the offside rule lol

  78. Thank you this was really helpful

  79. In Ireland it is soccer

  80. A damn good video.

  81. What was the biggest soccer governing body? But how come women's can play soccer?

  82. Is their a red card penalty for faking an injury?

  83. Ireland calls it soccer. They have their own version of football, it’s called “Gaelic football”.
    Also some other countries call it differently.

  84. very helpful brother

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