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FOOTBALL RULES AND REGULATIONS

Football is a wonderful game that practically every human on the planet enjoys and watches. Every human being is linked to football in some manner. Football has always carried the joy it brings with it, from the very first match between youngsters on the street through the FIFA World Cup final.

The regularity of the game is what makes it so appealing. The match’s rules and regulations must be consistent. Over time, such regulations have been updated or adjusted to improve the game and assure fairness for all players on the field, including the goalkeeper.

Since 1904, FIFA has been the international governing organization of the seventeen laws of association football, with headquarters in Switzerland.

FIFA has more than 200 members who represent various countries. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) amended its 150-page rule book in 2013.

The Purpose of the Game Football

In football, there is only one goal. The team that scores the most goals at the end of the game will be the winner. Goals are scored by kicking or heading the football ball into the other team’s goal net.

2022 FIFA Football Regulations

1. Football Rules: The Playing Field

A rectangular field of play is required by soccer rules and regulations. Clear and continuous delineated boundary lines should be present on a playing area.

The field surface can be totally natural (for example, grass) or artificially dyed green (e.g. AstroTurf)

The touchlines are the rectangle’s two longest border lines. The goal lines, on the other hand, will serve as the two shorter boundary lines. The field is divided into two equal-sized halves by the midway line.

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2. Pitch Dimensions in Football

• The length of a standard touch line should be at least 90 meters and no more than 120 meters.

• The width of the goal line should be at least 45 meters but no more than 90 meters.

3. FIFA Regulations: The Party

FIFA Law 2 sets the international standard for football ball weight and size. Verify the integrity of all approved match balls used in association football games.

4. The Players Before the Start of a Football Match

• Football competitions’ basic rules and regulations allow two teams to compete against each other. Each squad shall consist of no more than eleven players. The match referee conducts a coin toss to determine which team will choose the initial direction of play before any play begins.

• The maximum number of substitutes permitted in a match varies depending on the competition.

5. FIFA Equipment Rules and Regulations

The rules of American football and the rules of English football are noticeably different. The shape of soccer balls is one of the most striking disparities.

A football ball used in official sanctioned matches must have a circumference of 27 to 28 inches.

It must also be properly inflated to the proper pressure before the game begins (checked and confirmed by the 4th official).

6. Rules and Regulations for Football Referees

• Match referees have complete power over the 17 laws of football. The football referee is in charge of the game and ensures that all of the fundamentals are followed.

• Football officials use yellow and red caution cards to signal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct.

• The referee will issue disciplinary action for foul play and misbehavior.

• Interfering with a referee’s decision may result in extra punishment.

• In soccer, penalty kicks are awarded for any direct free kick offense committed inside or outside their team’s penalty area

7. How Long Do They Last?

Each contest is divided into two halves. Each half lasts 45 minutes of normal play time, with a fifteen (15) minute half-time break.

For time lost due to injuries and player substitutions, extra playing time is normally enforced at the discretion of the referee. An abandoned match is typically rescheduled and replayed at a later date.

8. Starting and Restarting Play

Goal kicks, corner kicks, free kick and throw in are used in restarting a game.

9. The outcome of a match

A goal is scored when the ball enters the goalmouth and ‘fully’ crosses the goal line. The team that scores the most goals once the game is over (e.g. after the final whistle) is named the winner.

However, if the scores are tied at the end of the game, the game is a draw. To determine the victor, certain football competition rules allow for extra time (30 minutes) or a penalty shootout.

10. Offside

If any part of a player’s head, body, or feet is in the opponents’ half (except the halfway line) and any part of the head, body, or feet is closer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent, the player is in an offside position.

11. Free Kicks

‘Direct’ and ‘indirect’ free kicks are the two types of free kicks. A player can take a direct free kick and aim it ‘straight’ into the goal of the opposing team.

12. The Penalty Kick

If a player commits a direct free kick offence inside their own penalty area, the referee will give a penalty kick.

13. The Throw in

When the team in control of the ball plays it out of bounds, a throw in is granted (over a touchline). A player must (both):

• Release the ball with both hands simultaneously while taking a throw-in.

• To prevent making a ‘foul throw,’ keep both feet firmly planted on the ground.

If these conditions are not followed, play is stopped and the other side is awarded a throw-in. It is not permitted for players to score directly off a throw-in.

14. The Goal Kick

When the offensive team plays the ball out of bounds over the defensive team’s goal line, a goal kick is given.

The defender or goalkeeper may place the ball anywhere within the six-yard goal box to kick the ball back into play after it has been taken out of play.

15. The Corner Kick 

When the defensive team plays the ball out of bounds past their own goal line, the offensive team is given a corner kick.

The offensive team places the ball in the defined corner area and kicks it back into play. A player can score immediately after taking a corner kick.

Conclusion

Football is a beautiful game that is admired by all and the one thing that ensures this quality remains is the rules and regulations that are tied to it. Without the rules and regulations in the game, there will never really be a fair match which would reduce the integrity of the game.

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THE GOAT CONSPIRACY IN FOOTBALL

 G.O.A.T: The Contention in our Generation

GOAT is the acronym for Greatest Of All Time. It is an honor meant to be given to the best player ever in the history of a sport or activity. Football, as a sport has seen a rapid growth in influence and popularity over the years and is currently the most watched sport in the world according to various statistics. Hence, there has been an intense debate over who the Greatest Of All Time in football is. If you are a football fan, chances are you already have your personal pick on this talk as well, but let us do a review together.

Arguably, everyone in the world has heard of the names: Messi and Ronaldo. Football witnessed two of its greatest players in the 21st century and a lot believe that these two have surpassed all other before them and hence the contention about who the Greatest Of All Time should be between Lionel Andres Messi of Argentina and Cristiano Dos Santos Ronaldo of Portugal. This article takes a peak at different abilities of these players

Messi plays two positions mainly- right winger and attacking midfielder. He is well known for his dribbles, tricky runs, body feints, curly shots, excellent vision and passing skills.

Ronaldo on the other hand, is currently playing as a centre striker. He has previously played as a winger and he is well known for his dribbles while in Manchester United and early days in Real Madrid but he is currently well known for his goal scoring, fighting spirit, knuckle shots and stunning headers.

Let us look at how they have both done on some vital aspects of football:

GOALS

Goals give football its ultimate meaning. It is the mark of separation between winners and losers. Ronaldo is currently the highest goal scorer in football with 810 goals in 1115 appearances while Messi has 761 goals in 967 appearances. There are people who argue that Ronaldo only has more goals because he has played more matches (148 matches) but Ronaldo did not start as a forward, he spent the first years helping in the buildups to goals.

Also, Ronaldo has moved to different leagues, 4 times in total but to 3 different leagues. In football, playerp transfers has always been risky because not all players adapt easily or even at all to a new league. Messi, currently in PSG, has a total of 3 league goals in 21 appearances. This has further been a proof to those that support Ronaldo that player transferring to other leagues is not always easy.

ASSISTS

Behind goals, there is always the brilliant mind that made the goal possible. Playmaking and assists go hand in hand and in this field Messi is the bigger bus, totally 328 assists while Ronaldo has 230 career assists. Cristiano Ronaldo’s evolution as a striker has made him to be more of a receiver than the initiator of goals but Messi has continued to play the role of both and even though his goal scoring prowess seem to be on hold right now, he is the leading assister in Ligue 1 with a total of 13 assists. His passing skills are also still very great as he averages 86.1% passes and 2.6 key passes per game compared to Ronaldo’s 82.3% passes and 0.9 key passes per game.

 TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL HONOURS

Trophies are the crown of winners and in football winning trophies is very important. Trophies help earn respect, differentiate the big teams from the small team. These two players have won quite a lot of trophies at club level and also at country level. Messi leads the trophy hunt with a total of 38 trophies while Ronaldo has 34 trophies

In terms of individual awards, they have both won a lot awards, broken and set lots of records and the key ones are listed below:

MESSI

7-TIME BALLON D’OR WINNER

6-TIME FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

6-EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE

8-PICHICHI AWARD(LA LIGA TOP SCORER)

6-TIME LA LIGA PLAYER OF THE SEASON

6-TIME CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HIGHEST GOAL SCORER

RONALDO

5-TIME BALLON D’OR WINNER

5-TIME FIFA WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

4-EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE

7-TIME CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HIGHEST GOAL SCORER

TOP SCORER AWARDS IN 3 LEAGUES

1 FIFA GOLDEN FOOT AWARD

2-TIME PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE SEASON

MESSI’S RECORDS

MOST BALLON D’OR AWARDS

MOST FIFA BEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR

GUINESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE MOST OFFICIAL GOALS IN A CALENDAR YEAR

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR ARGENTINA

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR BARCELONA

ALL TIME LEADING HIGHEST ASSISTER IN FOOTBALL

RONALDO’S RECORDS

MOST GOALS OF ALL TIME IN FOOTBALL

MOST INTERNATIONAL GIALS IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

HIGHEST GOAL SCORER IN THE HISTORY OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

HIGHEST ASSISTER IN THE HISTORY OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR REAL MADRID

ALL TIME TOP SCORER FOR PORTUGAL

IMPACT IN MATCHES AND CLUBS’ LEGACIES

Results matter but it will be so unfair to judge only by the end result of any issue, especially on a debate such as this. Over the years, Ronaldo and Messi have both been praised for their match winning abilities and showing up for their teams when needed the most. Messi has cemented himself as a Barcelona Legend while Ronaldo is a legend both in Manchester United and Real Madrid and getting hononary mentions in Juventus. Nothing can compare to watching these brilliant minds play in their golden age.

All said and done, your choice on who the G.O.A.T is depends more on you and your preferences. People that generally love completeness pick Ronaldo, as he has demonstrated abilities in every aspects of football, from passes, to dribbles, to headed goals, to efficient use of both feet and the excellent fighting spirit. Whereas people that love gentle but super efficiency choose Messi, as he is known to be gentle but deadly, while known majorly as a left footer, he has proven unstoppable anytime he is in the mood, and till date, his playmaking skills are still arguably one of the best the world is seeing.

Conclusion

The search for the G.O.A.T in football is an endless search. Though, there will be comparisons between players but the fact will always remain. Fans will always choose to take side with their favourite. Meanwhile, the conspiracy has been a very good publicity for football.

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