Football Facts

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  1. Soccer is actually called Football in most countries, other than United States and very few others.
  2. Players on average run anywhere from 3-10 miles a game.
  3. Soccer is played on a grassy field called a pitch. The field is rectangular and must be between 100 and 130 yards long and 50 to 100 yards wide.
  4. The aerosol spray used by many soccer medical staffs is simply an air freshener designed to lessen the player’s intense smell of sweat, dirt and grass so treatment can be more easily provided.
  5. FIFA (Federation International Football Association) is recognized as the international leading organization of soccer.  The complex has served as the official headquarters of FIFA since its completion in 2006. It is located in Zürichberg, Switzerland; on a wooded hill in District 7.
  6. Known as EA Soccer during development and sometimes subsequently also known as FIFA ’94, the first game in the series was released in the weeks leading up to Christmas 1993.
  7. Yellow and red cards are used as a means to discipline players for misconduct during the game. A yellow card is used to caution players, while a red card results in the player’s dismissal from the field of play. Thus, yellow cards are used to punish milder forms of misconduct than red cards.
  8. Soccer a free kick at the goal from the penalty spot within the penalty area and 12 yards (about 11 m) from the goal, with only the goalkeeper allowed to defend it: awarded to the attacking team after a foul within the penalty area by a member of the defending team.
  9. The covering is backed with multiple layers of lining of polyester or cotton blend which gives the ball its strength, structure, and bounce. The bladder inside the ball is what holds the air. The bladders are usually made of latex rubber or butyl. Most balls use valves for air retention.
  10. The World Cup is the biggest soccer tournament in the world. It is held every four years in a different country. Billions of people watch the televised games as the national teams from countries around the globe battle it out for soccer supremacy.

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