Association football, also called simply football as well as football-football is a football-related team sport played between two contrasting teams of eleven players each. It is the most popular sport in the world, playing on an oval field with a goal post. It has a long history that goes back to the dawn of humanity when it was played between groups of men who were hunting or gathering and a ball was thrown to form an impromptu game. Today, football is the most popular professional sport in the world. In fact, it is played by millions of people in more than 200 countries and by virtue of this the game has become hugely popular. It is the national sport of many countries, including Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, United States, England, China, Pakistan and India.
The game of football is generally played between two competing teams where each team scores when the other scores, known as goal. The game is played for three different periods; pre-season, the regular season and the playoffs. The championship consists of the champions of the different codes of football. In addition to being a game of sportsmanship, football involves adherence to various rules.
There are two different codes of football that are internationally recognized; the English and the American football codes. The English football code is based on the football Association Football (AFL), while the American code is based on the National Football League (NFL) and is thus the Football Association of American. Each code has a number of different governing bodies that control the conduct of football competitions and tournaments. Each authority usually appoints its own regulating authority or delegates.
The National Football League is one of the most powerful and richest associations of football in the world with its international television coverage, multiple major sponsorships, merchandising, and gambling. The NFL is the governing body of football in the United States and is also the national league of football in Canada. The Canadian Football League boasts six teams which play across the country.
The English Football Association or the EFA was responsible for the development of the English National Football League or the English Premier League, one of the world’s leading football competitions. The EFA was formed in 2021 and is governed by a strict code of conduct. It is one of the richest and most powerful associations of football in the world with a board made up of one hundred and eighty members consisting of representatives from the four nations that make up the Football Association. The EFA organizes tournaments which are the common basis for the qualification of teams for the World Cup tournaments. Its policy of maintaining teams playing against other teams belonging to the same association and level of play permits the possibility of domestic and international competitions between English based clubs and foreign teams.
The word football in the English language is derived from the word field, which is derived from the Latin word, “fusci”, which means a field. A ball then is the object of desire for the sport of football. The rules of the game of football include the involvement of the ball which is round and of a fixed size, whose movement can be controlled by the use of an arm, legs or any other part of the body. Today, football is not just a game of field goal celebrations but also involves technological advancements in the field of ball manipulation and its various applications.