In the United States, soccer is a game that little kids play until they`re old enough to start playing other sports like football. But in other countries, soccer – or rather football as it`s known in the rest of the world – is one of the most popular sport if not the most popular sport. Most countries in the world have some sort of organized soccer team that enters championships and plays. In fact, it`s so popular that there is even a World Cup tournament.
A typical British soccer field is known as a pitch. There is always a goal set up on either side of the field and the field`s size changes depending on things like age group or club; the most common measurement for an adult field is from 110 to 120 yards long. The field has boundaries known as touchlines and goal lines as well. There is a center spot at the field that divides the sides into lines and there is a penalty spot that`s positioned in front of each goal for penalty kicks.
Most British soccer matches consist of two halves that last around 45 minutes each; the clock runs continuously even when the ball is out of play. There is always a 15 minute break between those halves. Each game is overseen by an official referee who can choose to stop the clock if something like an injury or other disturbance occurs. The referee is also the only one who can call penalties; there is no instant replay in British soccer, either, so what a referee says goes.
A British soccer team is allowed to have to up to 11 players excluding substitutes and must have a minimum of 7 to be considered a team. There are always a maximum of eleven players on a soccer team, excluding substitutes; there is usually a minimum of seven players to a team as well. Then there are defenders, who are stationed from the goal up to a fourth of the field and protect the goal from offensive players. Then you have the defenders, who typically stay on their side of the field and protect the goal from incoming attacks; the midfielders, who man the middle of the field and act as both defense and offense; and the forwards, who score the goals. Every British soccer team needs these kinds of players if they have any hope of being successful.