(soccer) is one of the most popular games in the world.
Football ignites passion and excitement amongst millions
of fans across the globe who follow the sport and its
Football is played between two teams of 11 players each.
The aim of the game is to put the ball into the
opponent’s goal by kicking or heading it in. Only
goalkeepers can use their hands to handle or block the
A regular game lasts for 90 minutes, divided into two
halves of 45 minutes each with an interval of 15 minutes
at the half time. The team that scores the most goals
wins the match.
The origins of football are vague. The Greeks played a
game which loosely resembles its modern counterpart, as
did the Romans. There are also indications that a game
similar to football was played in China during the reign
of Huang-Ti, the “Yellow Emperor”.
The first non-university football club was founded in
Sheffield in 1857 and by 1863, football leaders came
together to form the Football Association in London.
Partick, Scotland was the venue for the first
international football match in 1872, where Scotland
drew 0-0 with England. By the first Olympic Games in
1896, football had made an impression in enough
countries to be included as a demonstration sport.
Today’s football governing body, the Federation
Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was
founded in Paris in 1904. Four years later, football
became an official Olympic sport at the London games in
1908. Football’s next big milestone was the inaugural
World Cup, which first took place in Uruguay in 1930.
Football made another leap when women’s football was
included in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
Football has been on every Asian Games programme since
the first Games in New Delhi, India, in 1951