Football / Gridiron – 390 Million Fans
Different sports are played in different parts of the world and the most popular and most watched
sport is going since ages as everyone supports their most loved sport. People take sports either as
their hobbies, careers or as a part of their fitness regimens. With its combination of adrenaline-
pumping excitement, man-on- man aggression, tough competition, it’s really no wonder it comes on
Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association
Football (FIFA; French: Fédération Internationale de Football Association), which organises World
Cups for both men and women every four years. Association football, more commonly known as
football or soccer ,is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball.
It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's
most popular sport. 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 first game was played by two college teams, Rutgers and Princeton, on November 6th 1869. By
1873 the popularity of the sport had spread throughout colleges across the country, and
representatives of Yale, Princeton, Rutgers and Columbia created a standard set of rules for the
game. The professional era began in 1892 and due to the increasing regularity of college players
being paid to play, which was illegal at the time, the NFL was formed in 1920 to solve the problem.
Players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are
goalkeepers . 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. The Laws of the Game were originally
codified in England by The Football Association in 1863.
Football originated as a sport played between college teams in the United States, it was originally
conceived as a mix of association football (soccer) and Rugby football. In the present day the game is
played by over a million college and high school players, and the professional game has spread
throughout the World. The annual NFL championship final, the Super Bowl, is one of the most
viewed sporting events in the World, and the 2016 Super Bowl final was the third most watched
sporting event in history, with an average of 116 million people watching the game.
Football is the world’s most popular ball game in numbers of participants and spectators. Simple in
its principal rules and essential equipment, the sport can be played almost anywhere, from official
football playing fields to gymnasiums, streets, school playgrounds, parks, or beaches. Football’s
governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), estimated that at the
turn of the 21st century there were approximately 250 million football players and over 1.3 billion
people “interested” in football; in 2010 a combined television audience of more than 26 billion
watched football’s premier tournament, the quadrennial month-long World Cup finals.