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Football Basic Rules

"The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does." quote by Phil Woosnam

Football is not quite as basic as that. Here are some simplified rules for the sport of football, also known as soccer in many parts of the world, which is undoubtedly the world's most popular sport.

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Summary of the Game

Football (also known as soccer) is played in all corners of the world and its popularity is demonstrated by the biggest single sport event held every four years, The World Cup. The sport is played with a round ball (traditionally with black and white checks), which is only kicked by the feet. This excludes the goal keeper, who can use hands only in the goal area. A goal is scored when an attacking player kicks the ball into the opposition net. Games are usually low scoring. There are 11 players on the field, with some substitutions coming late in the game. If a player is substituted off they can not come back onto the field. The game consists of 45 minute halves, with a half time break.

A List of Rules

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