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** Association football **

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"Soccer" redirects here. For other uses, see Soccer (disambiguation).
This article is about the sport of association football. For other codes of
football, see Football.

Association football
Football iu 1996.jpgThe attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball
beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath
the crossbar to score a goal.
Highest governing body FIFA
Nicknames Football, soccer, the Beautiful Game, the World Game^[1]
First played 19 December 1863, Limes Field, Mortlake, London, England,
United Kingdom^[2]
Contact Yes (Limited)
Team members 11 per side (including goalkeeper)
Mixed gender Yes, separate competitions
Type Team sport, ball sport
Equipment Football (or soccer ball)
Venue Football pitch (also known as football field, football ground, soccer
field, soccer pitch or simply "pitch")
Country or region Worldwide
Olympic Yes, men's since the 1900 Olympics and women's since the 1996
Paralympic Yes, 5-a-side since 2004 and 7-a-side since 1984

*Association football*, more commonly known as *football* or
*soccer*,^[3]nicknamed *The World Game* or *The Beautiful Game*, is a team
sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It
is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies,
making it the world's most popular sport.^[4]^[5]^[6]^[7] The game is
played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the
game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal.

The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their
hands or arms while it is in play and only in their penalty area. Other
players mainly use their feet to


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