soccer playersSoccer is all over the news right now, so I thought a little information on the sport was needed.  Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer is a sport played between two teams of 11 players with a spherical ball.  It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport.  The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end.  The object of the game is to score by using any part of the body besides the arms and hands to get the ball into the opposing goal.  The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands and arms while it is in play and only in their penalty area.  The earliest competitive game to involve kicking a ball was Cuju which emerged in China during 206 BC-220 AD.  Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan and woggabaliri in Australia. The laws of professional soccer are determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which was formed in 1886.  De Hart Plumbing, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas and Wamego Kansas.

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