Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, nicknamed The World Game or The Beautiful Game, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball.
The Beautiful Game is a nickname for association football by the Brazilian footballer Pelé, although football commentator Stuart Hall is the only individual to have claimed to have coined "The Beautiful Game".
A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing, for affection or ridicule.
A team sport includes any sport which involves two or more players working together towards a shared objective.
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It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport.
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The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end.
The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal.
The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and only in their penalty area.
The penalty area or 18-yard box is an area of an association football pitch.
Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may also use their head or torso.
The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition.
Overtime or extra time is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport to bring a game to a decision and avoid declaring the match a tie or draw where the scores are the same.
The Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863.
The Football Association, also known simply as The FA, is the governing body of association football in England, and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years.