For those who have never played, football is a sport in which players run from sideline to another looking to throw another strike against their opponent. But it is not as easy as it seems... It’s way more than that!
Football is a team sport that involves playing with foot and making a goal by kicking the ball into the goalpost. It is a two team game of eleven players each including a goalkeeper. It is a sport played across 200 countries involving a large mass of around 250 million players. Football is played on a rectangular field with goal post on two sides. Players are not allowed to touch the ball except goalkeeper else penalty would be charged on the players thereby will be an advantage for the opposing team.
The objective of this sport is to get more score than your opponent in 90 minute playing time span. The match is split up into two equal halves of 45 minutes each. 15 minute break is allowed to the players after the first half comes to an end and after wards the match continues... For good score only skill is not important, it is the- team spirit, coordination among the players and learning the importance of unwavering effort which leads to the overall development and the uplift of team from mediocre to the best in the world.
The Indian national football team is controlled by the All India Football Federation representing India globally. Indian football team is the part of the South Asian Football Federation governed in Asia by the AFC under the global verification of FIFA. India have won gold during the 1951 and 1962 Asian games and have won the tournament of SAFF Championship six times since its beginning in 1933.
Dated back to the nineteenth century during 1860’s when the onset of cool winds of winter season was taking its spot; the game of football was invented. Some of the characteristics of football have come from Rugby as a rugby player Walter Camp initiated some changes into this sport which gradually transformed the sport into American Football. Around 100 years ago, a Football Association was formed in England in 1863 which became the number one sport’s governing body in the world.
Some rules and regulations of this sport are:-
1. The whole ball must pass through the goal line for a goal
2. If teams are still level after extra time then a penalty shootout must take place.
3. Each team can have a minimum of 11 players including 1 goalkeeper who is the only player allowed to handle the ball within the 18 yard box and a minimum of 7 players are needed to constitute a match.
4. A football match consists of two 45 minutes halves with a 15 minute rest period in between.
The Federation Cup, Durand Cup, Indian Super Cup, IFA Shield and Santosh trophy are the few cups and trophies in this sport. Baichung Bhatia, Sunil Chhetri and Peter Thangaraj were and are the most prominent players of India who raised the level of football in the Indian history.