The Basics of Football


Football is a team sport in which one team tries to move the ball down the field. In the game, teams have four downs to move the football ten yards. If a team fails to move the ball this way in four attempts, the opposing team will take possession of the ball at its last down location. If a team does not make it to the end of the fourth down, they must punt the ball to advance as far away from the goal line as possible.

Football began as an entertainment for the working class in the early nineteenth century in Britain. The game soon spread across the world with large crowds watching big matches. It was also popular in countries such as India and South America. The popularity of the game continued to grow after the British Empire was defeated in World War I. Eventually, the game became a professional sport.

The popularity of football has continued to grow and it has made its Olympic debut at the London Games in 1908. Since then, it has been played at every Summer Games. The FIFA organization grew steadily during the 20th century and has established itself as a global authority and regulating body for the sport. Guinea became the organization’s 100th member in 1961 and as of the beginning of the twenty-first century, more than 200 countries are members of FIFA.

The main objective of football is to score more points than your opponent in a 90-minute period. To do this, teams will score as many goals as possible. Each team will get one try to score the ball.