One of the reasons why football is so popular among those who like to watch sports, play sports and bet on sports, is that the game really belongs to the people.
Ever since its inception, the game was a working-class sport that offered an escape from the hardships of everyday life. Eventually, results of the games began to matter and being a fan of a team became a social and emotional experience that was not only about the team and the games, but also about belonging to a group of peers and being committed to a common cause.
The fact that people can play football almost everywhere helps its popularity greatly. To play the game, you don’t need any fancy equipment either. All you need is a ball and some markers to identify a goal. Historians believe that the game of football in some form was actually founded in China over 2,000 years ago. Ancient Greeks, Romans and even indigenous Australians have also played their versions of the game over the history of their civilisations.
However, it was not until the 1850s and 1860s that the rules of the game were finalised in England. The game became wildly successful all over Europe and in South America. Today, every country in the world has their teams that play the game.
It took a long time for football to become popular in North America, but today, even the United States has fallen for the charm of football, and there are leagues for both men and women that play the game there.
In football, each team consists of eleven players. Ten of the players on the team are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands. These players are also known as outfield players. The only person on the team allowed to touch the ball is the goalkeeper. He can use his arms and hands to touch the ball in the area around the goal, known as the penalty area.