Soccer, game played by two teams on a rectangular field, in which players attempt to knock a round ball through the opponents’ goal, using any part of the body except the hands. The team involves a goalkeeper that defends the ball from the goal of the team. If a goalkeeper manages to catch the ball, he can grab it and kick to the opposing side. In the running team, there are people who play defense and offense. Defense teams try to steal balls from the opposing team and pass it to their teammates. In the offensive team, players have setters that can create game plan to successfully shoot the ball inside the goal of the opposing team. One such plan is called one-top. One-top involves the use of only one striker that will hold the offensive against the other team with the other teammates trying to block the other team from striking down the striker.

Much of the world's soccer is played informally, without field markings or real goals. In many places, the game is played barefoot using rolled-up rags or newspapers as a ball. Soccer is the world's most popular sport, played by people of all ages in about 200 countries. The sport has millions of fans throughout the world. Generally, teams play with three or four defenders, who are also known as fullbacks. Fullbacks are the last line of defense between the goalkeeper and the opposing team. Their primary job is to thwart an opposing attack by winning control of the ball. Fullbacks then initiate their own team's attack, moving the ball in the other direction, upfield, and passing it ahead.

Posted 2011-01-29 and updated on Jan 29, 2011 8:10pm by crisd

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