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Association Football

The most common popular names for association football are football and soccer. The association football is a game kind of game which is played between two teams. Thus it is a team sport in which each team is having eleven players. The game is played with the help of a spherical ball. The interesting fact to know about association football is that it is considered to be the one of the most popular sport in the world.

A rectangular shaped grass field or the artificial turf filed is used for playing the association football game. The goal posts are situated in the centre of each of the short ends. The game is played with the objective to score the points by directing the ball into the goal post of the opposing team. In this game, only the goalkeepers are allowed to make use of their hands or arms to propel the ball. The rest team members are not allowed to do so and they can use their feet only in order to kick the ball into position, occasionally using their torso or head to intercept a ball in midair.

In the end of the game the team which scores the highest number of goals in the assigned time period, is declared the winner. However, if there is a situation that the scores of both the teams are equal then either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or the penalty shootout, depending on the format of the competition.

The modern day association football game was organized in England after the formation of The Football Association, whose 1863 Laws of the Game created the foundations for the way the sport is played today.

The international governing body for Football is named as the International Federation of Association Football. Its popular name is the FIFA.

Lets us have a look about the association football major sporting events in general and the details about the upcoming events in Association football.

The FIFA world Cup is the most prestigious international football competition held after every four years. All the top football teams of the world take part in this sporting event. The below copied is the list of all major upcoming events in Association football in 2010.

• The much awaited FIFA World Cup is going to held in South Africa DURINH June 11 to July 11.
• The FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Germany. This is a sporting event for national teams of women under age twenty.
• The FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. This association football competition tournament is for the female football players under the age of 17.

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