When most people think of football, they think of the sport itself. However, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. In fact, there are several aspects of the game that you might not know about. Below, you will discover some of the more interesting tidbits of information about football. In addition, you will also learn about some of the most interesting facts as well as interesting trivia about both the sport and its history.
The History Of Football
Football has been around for quite some time. However, it was not always as popular as it is today. Different variations of the game had been appearing in different places and under different names for many years before the twentieth century. For example, there was a football-like game called shinny that was popular in Scotland in the 1800s. There was also a three-person league called the Football League that was established in England in 1870. The first ever international match was also played by England and Scotland in 1872. In the United States, the first football team was established in Massachusetts in 1877, and the game was later adopted by colleges and universities. So, it was really not until the twentieth century that football started to take off as we know it today.
The Rules Of Football
There are many rules that govern the game of football. However, only a select few of them are actually applied during a typical match. The most played-with rules are as follows:
- A player can only pass the ball to a teammate if the teammate is standing within five yards of him.
- A player is allowed to tackle an opponent who is running with the ball.
- A player is allowed to tackle an opponent who is holding the ball
- A player is not allowed to tackle an opponent who is on the same team as him
- A player is not allowed to drop his hands below his shoulders while in possession of the ball
- A team gains possession of the ball by keeping it on the ground
- A team gains possession of the ball by knocking it out of an opponent’s hands
- A player is allowed to run with the ball until he is tackled or reaches the opposing team’s ten yard line, at which point he becomes a defenseless player
- A player that is tackled in their own half of the field must bounce their feet three times before they can score
- A goal can only be scored when the puck touches the opponent’s goal line
- If a player is caught offside at the beginning of the play, it is a foul and the play is over
- If a player is kicking the ball and it touches the ground before it hits the goalpost, it is a goal
- A player is ejected from a game if they commit several fouls
- If a goalkeeper touches the ball with a hand, it is a foul
Facts And Figures Regarding The Game
The following are some interesting facts and figures regarding the game of football: