Soccer, also known as football, is a popular and well known sport around the world.

On the other hand, there have been some instances in history where soccer was prohibited, for example during the reign of King Edward in England. Soccer is not only a sport for entertainment, but is one that requires discipline, but is also full of history. Soccer is a field sport that requires 11 players on each team. There is one goalie on each team, who is the only player who is allowed to use their hands but only in their penalty area, and the other ten players are known as outfielders. Hence, during a game there must be a total of twenty two players on the field. When playing soccer one must understand its rules. For example, players may not foul, meaning they cannot push or trip one another. Also, players may not commit an obstruction, hold onto one other or stop a player from getting to the ball. A player can be shown a yellow or red card when they have committed a foul (yellow is bad, red is a serious foul and if shown one you must leave the field). It is also important that the referees are respected and must never be abused verbally or physically by the players. Finally, if the soccer ball goes out of the boundaries, it is out of play. These were some of the few but important rules of the many soccer rules an individual must recognize and follow when playing soccer. Though forms resembling soccer have been played for centuries, soccer (football) officially started in England in 1863 when the Football Association was created, but standardizing the rules had begun as early as 1848. However, the first soccer game was played in 1861 by Sheffield FA and London FA, which was the deciding factor to create a unified set of rules, leading to the creation of the Football Association. The Football Association created a common set of rules and was the basis for the soccer rules of today (FIFA).

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