Soccer Research Paper

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Why Soccer is A Beautiful Game by John Garcia
English III
Date: 5/21/14

Outline I. Introduction
a. Soccer has advanced tremendously over time. Today soccer is the most played sport in the world and its still expanding II. Body
a. Origins of Soccer
i. The History of Soccer ii. Where Soccer Originated iii. When Soccer Started b. Rules of Soccer
i. The Number of Players Needed ii. Equipment iii. Method of Scoring c. Positions
i. Goalkeeper ii. Fullback iii. Centre Back iv. Midfield
v. Striker/ Forward d. Players That Changed Soccer
i. Pele ii. Lionel Messi iii. Diego Maradona iv. Franz Beckenbauer
v. Puskas

Soccer is the worlds most popular sport. It is the national sport of most European and
Latin­American countries, and of many other nations. Millions of people in more than 140 countries play soccer. The World Cup is held every four years. Soccer is one of the most famous international sports. Soccer is known worldwide and is played in the Olympics. The most relevant of these ancient games to our modern day association Football is the chinese game Tsu­Chu a kick ball. Records of the game began during the Tsin Dynasty
(255­2060 B.C.) soldiers played this for training purposes. Most of the game was based on possession type of game keeping it away from the opponent. It was basically soccer just without scoring. The rules and regulations continued to evolve in Britain and by the 1700s soccer clubs began to emerge playing matches vs. one and other. Soccer began to evolve all over europe very fast towns would start to kick random things from a landmark to another.
Soccer can be played on either grass or artificial turf, but the surface must be green in color. The field must be rectangular in shape, and distinctly marked by two short goal lines and two long­touch lines. The field is divided into halves, separated by the halfway line, which runs from the midpoints of each touchline. At the midpoint of the halfway line is a marked center point surrounded by a lined center circle with a radius of 10 yards. Opposing players are not allowed to enter this circle during the possessing team’s kick­off. The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line. The main thing you're going to need for a soccer game is a ball. A soccer ball must be spherical in shape and made of leather or another comparable medium. Its circumference must be in the range of 27 to 28 inches. This rule is only applicable for official sanctioned matches, as youth leagues often employ the use of a smaller ball that is better suited to children. Matches are generally played by two teams of 11 to a side.

The goalkeeper is included in the 11­player total. If a team cannot field at least seven players at match time, the game is a forfeit. Teams of fewer than 11 a side can often be seen in youth leagues where smaller teams are used as a developmental tool. FIFA­sanctioned matches are generally limited to three substitutions per match, with the exception of friendly matches. Most youth leagues allow an unlimited number of substitutions, which must also be listed on the game card prior to the beginning of the match, otherwise those players are ineligible. Substitutions may only enter at the halfway line, upon the referee’s approval, and after the player being subbed out has left the pitch. The goalkeeper may be substituted with anyone on the pitch or any eligible substitute on the bench during a game stoppage. All players are required to wear a jersey, shorts, shin guards, socks and cleats. The socks must cover the shin guards entirely. If