Let's Play Soccer
Did you know that soccer is the easiest
of all team sports to understand? It is also the most
popular spectator sport in the world! The world championship
game, the World Cup, is played between national teams every four
The objective of the game is to get the
ball into the opponent's goal. A soccer ball is 27 to 28
inches in circumference and weighs 14 to 16 ounces. A game
is governed by three officials, and lasts 90 minutes, divided into
two 45-minute halves.
A soccer team consists of eleven players:
five forwards, three halfbacks, two fullbacks, and one
goalkeeper. The goalkeeper or goalie, plays directly in
front of the goal and is the only player allowed to touch the ball
with his hands. All other players must control the ball
using their feet, knees, body, and heads.
So gather your shin guards, socks and
shoes and let's head to the soccer field!