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Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog |

 Football Rules You Need To Know

Rules of any games is officially known as “Laws of the Game”. The details Laws of Football can be obtained from the FIFA website in details.

As a football fan I would like to bring to you the top 12  rules or Laws

There are in total 17 laws in total out of which 12 briefed below :

  1. Playing field : Football can be played on natural or artificial ground, all that is required is the ground must be green and rectangular. The longer sides of rectangle is the touch line and the shorter side the goal lines. The line which divides this field into half is the halfway line.
  2. Spherical Ball: .Ball has to be spherical in shape , made of leather, 680 to700 mm circumference and specific pressure.
  3. Players : Two teams , Each team should not have more than 11 players including goalkeeper. Game cannot be started with less than 7 players.
  4. Uniform : Jersey, shorts, stockings, shinguards and footwear has to be worn by the players.
  5. Referee : Referee should be clear that the laws of the game is followed strictly. There might be 2 assistant referees as well
  6. Duration :  the total duration of the match is 1 hour and 30 minutes which is divided into two halves with each containing 45 minutes. Not more than 15 minutes half interval needs to be followed. If there is any stoppage at the time of the play extra time for compensation can be given by the referee.
  7. Start or Restart : The game starts with a kick-off  at the beginning or after the scoreboard is ticked with a goal.  Kick-off is when a player kicks the ball and gets it rolling from the centre spot. Players should be in their respective halves before the kick-off.  Tossing a coin before the game and letting the winner of the toss choose the side they want to play is a pre-game formality. Post half time the teams change the sides. Once a goal is scored the team scoring the goal will kick off the game again.
  • Ball in – Ball out : It is considered out when a goal gets completed or when referee stops. All other times the ball is in play.
  • Scoring : A point is scored when the ball goes past the goal line within goal mouth.
  • Fouls : Using an offensive language, or using excessive force deliberately or undeliberately is foul. Dealing of the ball with hands (except for a goal keeper) is also foul. Yellow card is shown for lesser offense and Red card for serious offense, where the player is sent off the field. When a player is given two yellow cards , it would equate to single red card.
  • Penalty Kick : These are given to the playing team which has committed an offense. Penalty kick is a free direct kick inside the goal area. The penalty kick is done from a penalty spot.
  • Corner Kick : A corner kick is awarded when the ball passes the borderline or goal line and was dealt up by the defending member . The corner kick should be taken from the corner where the ball crossed the goal line.
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Football- roadblocks of early years

Football- roadblocks of early years

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog |

The GAME that Survived The Test of Times!

Though the football enthusiasm is predominant among Britain folks, it has faced and has withstood various oppositions and interventions though unsuccessful from various authorities. They found this game as recreation which caused violence.

Football was forbidden within city as early as 1314, by the Mayor of London as it caused chaos. He issued a proclamation to forbid football and any deviation lead to imprisonment.

The war between England and France witnessed more disposition towards football. The game of football was punishable as the game prevented the knights and subjects from practising for the war, like practising archery. This disposition went on for one century by various Kings.

Even the Scottish kings felt the need to prohibit the game of football. The decree proclaimed by James I in the year 1424 read “Thatna man play at the Fute-ball”. Despite all these efforts the game was popular among people, as they were delighted watching the players tumble for the ball. This delight was difficult to be uprooted.

Reason for resentment was been the capability of the game to disturb public. To sate an example, in 1608, a game was banned in Manchester as many window glasses were broken. Around the 16th century the Puritans who wanted to bring in religious reforms, claimed football as “Frivolous amusement” and wanted to ban the game. Their main concern was that peace was violated on the Sabbath. This lead to the ban of any kind of entertainments on Sundays, leave alone Football.

This ban was continued for 3 centuries and was lifted by the consent of the Football Association.

Exuberant Times of Football

During the Elizabethan times the passion for football grew exuberantly. Renaissance Italy played an influential part to intensify the local and native popularity for the game. Though Venice and other cities had their share in the form of an own sport brand called Calcio. These games were well organised and played in public events organised during specific holidays in Florence. Uniqueness of the games is that the teams used to be dressed in coloured livery.

Though the game of football was rustic and rough, there was an ardent supporter for various reasons called Richard Mulcaster. He was a great teacher and also headed the famous London schools of Merchant Taylors and St. Paul’s. It’s he who pointed out that football if refined a little can have a positive influence on educational values. He also said that this game promoted good health and strength. He firmly believed each team should have limited players and should have a stricter referee.

Despite many enthusiasts to flourish the game, there was hardly any progress in the game of football for many centuries. The game was almost forbidden and banned for 5 centuries. The persistent ban could never suppress the interest in the game and has made Football one of the national games of United Kingdom.  There exists a separate league for football for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the recent days.

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Football- Beyond just a game

Football- Beyond just a game

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog |

Football – Its Not Just a GAME for UPTON

As an ardent fan of the Upton club, I was digging into the history of football and it is traced back beyond 100 years. It started in England in the year 1863. That is the year when American football – rugby branched out from the contemporary association football. The first Football Association of England was formulated in the same year and it became the football’s first and foremost governing body. Football has various names like American football or Soccer, Canadian football, rugby these are commonly called football codes.

Rugby Vs Association Football

Though both the coded have long, branched, intricate ancestral tree, they have a common root. When I dug further down the ancestral line, it revealed that more than half dozen games with different facets were traced. Though the justification of the same might be in dispute. Irrespective of the fact the crowd of those times enjoyed this game to its fullest.

Age old games

The ancient history of this game dates back to 100 years or more. A through search about this game would reveal that this game has evolved and has come up to this mordern form after varied changes and development.Keeping all the controversies and arguments apart, this game continues to lure young and old to love this game in its current form.

It is also said that the varied form of football in japan is ‘ japanese kemari ‘ which is played by the people of japan till date.In Greece, people played this game as The Greek ‘Episkyros’  which was played by a smaller team and was considered a buzzling game of those times.

In reply to the Chinese’s well set game of  football,the people from England used an inflated bladder of an animal as the ball here. In the 13th century, this game became so increasingly popular that it started to trouble the then King Edward II . He was worried that this game was actually distracting men from archery and that was detrimental to  king’s plan of going into war with his opponents. And there by he enforced a ban on the game which upset all the football lovers.

In-spite of all that, the game re-gained its popularity among the labours and other working groups as this game was instrumental in helping them socialise and vent out their stress. During those times, it was not surprising to find hundreds or even more of them playing a game at one point in time . And that would always end up with fights and problems for the referees.

This game of Football transcended caste ,creed and sects and was a popular sport in the 18th century among the general public and school students alike.

All said and done, it was England which propagated this lovely game before it reached the minds and hearts of people from all over the world.

This game of football was loved by men and women alike. After the World war II, when a bit of liberalisation happened, women also got to play this wonderful game of Football.As a matter of fact, that popularity has continued to grow and the best of football clubs like Arsenal or Chelasea have all woman team which plays in different tournaments.

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