FOOTBALL Sports are a very important part of our lives. To lead a healthy and active life, one has to do exercise and there is a lot of exercise in all kinds of sports. There are many useful sports played in this world. These sports include cricket, squash, badminton, hockey etc. These all sports need full physical fitness to be played. One who plays these games regularly remains fit. These all games need a little less fitness as compared to a very well known sport football. Football is a sport which needs a lot of physical fitness and stamina. Without these two things, one cannot play football. History of football: Football is a very ancient game. It was played by the Greeks and the Romans but the history of the current football can be traced back to the 18th century when it was played in the English schools and without any rules. When there are no rules in a game, then the game becomes a joke or the game can become dangerous for the players. This also happened to football. The players of football got really injured when there were no rules in this game which tempted to them to have some rules in this game. After deciding the rules the result is in front of everyone that it is the most fun filed game ever. General rules of football: These are the general rules of the modern football. There are 11 players per team in a match and every team can make substitutions during the match. The rules are general for pushing and shouldering other player. One of the most important rules is that of off-side. One should know about this rule. This rule says that the player of the opponent team should not cross the player of the other team before the ball in the case when there is no player of the other team in front of him. This is a very important rule of football and is often misinterpreted by many people. Football world cups: Football world cups started in 1930 and they continued after every four years except 1942 and 1946. These two world cups were not played due to the World War 2. Brazil has a very impressive world cup record. They have appeared in every world cup so far and they are the only team to do so and they have won it 8 times. The other winners include Italy with 4 times, Germany with 3 times, Argentina with 2 times, Uruguay also with two times and Spain, England and France with one time each. The first world cup was won by Uruguay and the latest world cup which was held in 2010 was won by Spain. Current format of the world cup has 32 teams in it and they play for one trophy. Leagues of football: There are many leagues of football played all around the world. The most famous among them all is the English premier league. The other leagues include LA Liga which is the Spanish league. The most important league is the champion’s league, which includes all the top teams from all the leagues which are played all around the world. It is the most exciting league of all, as it decides the top football club of the world. Famous clubs of football: There are many clubs of football playing all around the world in every country. The most important and famous clubs include Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester city. The world’s most impressive players are included in these clubs and these clubs mostly are strong contenders for the champion’s league. Popularity of football: Football is the most popular game played and viewed all around the world. Cricket and football are the two games which are played and watched madly all around the world. The popularity of football can be seen during the football leagues which are played all around the world, people are dying to watch those matches.