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Given that association football — otherwise known as soccer — is the world's most popular sport, it's no surprise that the beautiful game is the subject of near-constant debate from global fans of the game. And it's not just teams, managers, and players whose performances and skills get dissected by the masses, it's also the specific tactical roles they are supposed to be occupying on the soccer field. Football divides people...
The standard of information and knowledge surrounding sports science, fitness and nutrition in soccer has grown exponentially in recent years. Every professional club now has a dedicated team of experts whose job it is to ensure that each player steps onto the soccer field in tip-top physical condition, ready to compete at the highest level. A variety of different factors play into this, from strength and conditioning work done in the gym,...
Eventually, all soccer players must come to the end of their playing careers. Some pros will reach this moment with regret and sadness, worried about how they will replace this defining feature of their lives, which for former Academy prospects will have shaped everything they do since they were a young child. On the other hand, some players may reach the end of their career feeling more than ready to take a step away from the beautiful...
In various countries across the globe, people have been playing different forms of football for centuries. However, it wasn't until the Victorian age that the formalised sport of association football was created by the inaugural English Football Association. In the early days of the sport, friendlies were the most common way for people to enjoy soccer; however, it wasn't long before demand for some kind of organised competition began to grow,...
In recent years, the popularity of soccer in the US has increased dramatically. But watching soccer is a very different experience from watching US sports like baseball, basketball and NFL. The game plays out in a continuous, often relentless flow, with far fewer stoppages and breaks than these sports, and sometimes the ball won't go out of play for minutes at a time. However, stoppages are still common within football; in fact, a typical...
The Champions League has a special place in the hearts of many football fans across Europe (and beyond). The competition arguably represents the pinnacle of world football in terms of elite-level quality, and every season this illustrious tournament showcases the majority of the best players, coaches, and teams on the planet to millions of viewers.  Over the years, the knockout European tournament has produced some wonderful moments...
Soccer is the most popular sport in the entire world. Not only are top competitions such as the World Cup, the Premier League and La Liga watched by fans all over the globe, association football is also played by a larger amount of people than any other sport. According to estimates , there are over 240 million registered football players across the world, as well as many casual players who simply enjoy a kickabout with friends at the park...
You could fill a book with the differences between British English and American English — the two countries might share a language, but there are plenty of points of disagreement on it. Many of these can be found within the world of sport, perhaps the most significant being the football vs soccer debate. The term 'soccer' was first invented in the 19th century as an abbreviation for "association football" (the traditional name of the...
Soccer supporters are some of the most passionate sports fanatics in the world. In communities all over the globe — from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the working-class towns of industrial northern England — football means absolutely everything. This remains the case for any run-of-the-mill match day throughout the season; however, there are some games that are particularly important to fans. We're talking grudge matches...
London is a city with a rich footballing history. Not only does this vast, sprawling metropolis hold more clubs than any other city in the UK (hardly a surprise given its estimated population of over 9 million), it was also the place where the official rules of association football were first put to paper. This was in 1861, when the inaugural meeting of the English Football Association took place at the Freemasons' Tavern on Great Queen...
Football is hugely popular all over the world, but the sport's roots are in the United Kingdom, and the level of fanaticism across the country is testament to that. Not only do the biggest and best clubs in the land attract huge crowds to grounds like Manchester United's Old Trafford , Liverpool's Anfield, and Newcastle United's St. James' Park, there is also a massive appetite for the game across the lower tiers of English football. When...
When the inaugural English Football Association first penned the Laws of the Game in 1863, it's unlikely that its members could have imagined how the sport would change and evolve throughout the following centuries. Most of football's rules have been tweaked over the years, although certain things have stayed the same throughout the entire history of the game, including guidelines surrounding the field of play and the number of players in...