Association football

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.
The "Laws of the University Foot Ball Club" (Cambridge Rules) of 1856
The Aston Villa team in 1897, after winning both the FA Cup and the Football League
"North" team of the British Ladies', the first women's football team ever, here pictured in March 1895
An international match between the United States and Germany in 1997
Young Finnish girls football team of Kolarin Kontio in Piteå, Sweden, in 2014
A goalkeeper saving a close-range shot from inside the penalty area
A player executing a slide tackle to dispossess an opponent
The referee officiates in a football match
Standard pitch measurements ([[:File:Football pitch imperial.svg|See Imperial version]])
Most football competitions use a penalty shootout to decide the winner if a match ends as a draw
A player takes a free kick, while the opposition form a "wall" to try to block the ball
Headquarters of FIFA, the world governing body of football
The FIFA World Cup is the largest international competition in football and the world's most viewed sporting event
Spanish footballers Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, and Sergio Ramos celebrating winning the UEFA European Championship
A 2009 Spanish La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The fixture, known as El Clásico, is one of the most renowned in sport.

Team sport that is played between two teams of 11 players using a spherical ball.

- Association football
The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

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Official poster; designed by Guillermo Laborde

1930 FIFA World Cup

Official poster; designed by Guillermo Laborde
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The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams.

A goal being scored (1961)

Scoring in association football

A goal being scored (1961)
If the line in this diagram is the goal line between the goal posts, the only case in which a goal has been scored is position D.
Atlético Madrid players celebrate a goal with a group hug
Illustration of the goals used at Rugby School (1858)
From 1866 to 1883, the laws provided for a tape between the goalposts

In games of association football teams compete to score the most goals during the match.

UEFA Champions League

Alfredo Di Stéfano in 1959. He led Real Madrid to win five consecutive European Cups between 1956 and 1960.
Johan Cruyff holding the European Cup during celebrations in Amsterdam following Ajax's 1972 triumph
The Champions League anthem is played before the start of each match as the two teams are lined up while the Champions League "starball" logo is displayed in the centre circle.
The "starball" logo is also incorporated into the competition's official match ball, the Adidas Finale
Map of UEFA countries whose teams have reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League
AC Milan’s Ronaldinho and Zlatan Ibrahimović surrounded by Real Madrid defenders during a Champions League group stage game in 2010
Official trophy
A can of Heineken with the branding of the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final
Betting advertisements are banned in Turkey. On 9 April 2013, Real Madrid (whose shirt sponsors were bwin) were required to wear sponsor-free jerseys while playing against Galatasaray in Istanbul.

The UEFA Champions League (abbreviated as UCL) is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a round robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout format, and a single leg final.

Bundesliga

The Bundesliga, sometimes referred to as the Fußball-Bundesliga or '''1.

The Bundesliga, sometimes referred to as the Fußball-Bundesliga or '''1.

Borussia Dortmund against rivals Schalke, known as the Revierderby, in the Bundesliga in 2009
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The Bundesliga was founded at the annual DFB convention at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund on 28 July 1962
Son Heung-min of Hamburger SV against Eljero Elia of Werder Bremen in the Nordderby
The Commerzbank Arena, is the home ground of Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Bundesliga has the highest average attendance of any football league in the world. Borussia Dortmund has the highest average attendance at Signal Iduna Park of any football club in the world.
The Bundesliga is broadcast on TV in over 200 countries
Oliver Kahn won eight Bundesliga championships
Charly Körbel
Gerd Müller
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Bundesliga''', is a professional association football league in Germany.

La Liga

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During the 1950s, László Kubala was a leading member of Barcelona, scoring 194 goals in 256 appearances.
La Masia graduates Guillermo Amor, Albert Ferrer and Pep Guardiola.
Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund, in the 2013 UEFA Champions League semi-final

The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División, commonly known simply as Primera División in Spain, and as La Liga in English-speaking countries and officially as LaLiga Santander for sponsorship reasons, stylized as LaLiga, is the men's top professional football division of the Spanish football league system.

Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Summer Olympics

Football player

Sportsperson who plays one of the different types of football.

Sportsperson who plays one of the different types of football.

Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Summer Olympics

The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union.

Serie A

Scudetto patch
Gianluigi Buffon has made a record 657 appearances in Serie A
Silvio Piola is the highest goalscorer in Serie A history with 274 goals

The Serie A, also called Serie A TIM for national sponsorship reasons, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Scudetto and the Coppa Campioni d'Italia.

Ligue 1

Ligue 1 trophy: L'Hexagoal.
Logo used from 2017 to 2020

Ligue 1, officially known as Ligue 1 Uber Eats for sponsorship reasons, is a French professional league for men's association football clubs.

A painting depicting Emperor Taizu of Song playing cuju (i.e. Chinese football) with his prime minister Zhao Pu (趙普) and other ministers, by the Yuan dynasty artist Qian Xuan (1235–1305)

Football

Family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal.

Family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal.

A painting depicting Emperor Taizu of Song playing cuju (i.e. Chinese football) with his prime minister Zhao Pu (趙普) and other ministers, by the Yuan dynasty artist Qian Xuan (1235–1305)
An ancient Roman tombstone of a boy with a Harpastum ball from Tilurium (modern Sinj, Croatia)
An illustration of so-called "mob football"
"Football" in France, circa 1750
"Football" in Scotland, c. 1830
An illustration of the Calcio Fiorentino field and starting positions, from a 1688 book by Pietro di Lorenzo Bini
Although the Rugby School (pictured) became famous due to a version that rugby football was invented there in 1823, most sports historians refuse this version stating it is apocryphal
A Football Game (1839) by British painter Thomas Webster
Football match in the 1846 Shrove Tuesday in Kingston upon Thames, England
Richard Lindon (seen in 1880) is believed to have invented the first footballs with rubber bladders
The Last Scrimmage by Edwin Buckman, depicting a rugby scrum in 1871
Tom Wills, widely regarded as the father of Australian football
Wood engraving of an Australian rules football match at the Richmond Paddock, Melbourne, 1866
The Tigers of Hamilton, Ontario, circa 1906. Founded 1869 as the Hamilton Foot Ball Club, they eventually merged with the Hamilton Flying Wildcats to form the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a team still active in the Canadian Football League.
Rutgers University (here pictured in 1882) played the first inter-collegiate football game v Princeton in 1869
The Harvard v McGill game in 1874. It is considered the first rugby football game played in the US
The All-Ireland Football Final in Croke Park, 2004
Heading from The Sportsman (London) front page of 25 November 1910, illustrating the continued use of the word "football" to encompass both association football and rugby
An indoor soccer game at an open-air venue in Mexico. The referee has just awarded the red team a free kick.
Street football, Venice (1960)
Women's beach soccer game at YBF 2010 in Yyteri Beach, Pori, Finland
Rugby sevens; Fiji v Wales at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
Griffins RFC Kotka, the rugby union team from Kotka, Finland, playing in the Rugby-7 Tournament in 2013
International rules football test match from the 2005 International Rules Series between Australia and Ireland at Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia.
Harrow football players after a game at Harrow School (circa 2005).
Ancient Greek athlete balancing a ball on his thigh, Piraeus, 400-375 BC
A Song dynasty painting by Su Hanchen (c. 1130-1160), depicting Chinese children playing cuju
Paint of a Mesoamerican ballgame player of the Tepantitla murals in Teotihuacan
A group of indigenous people playing a ball game in French Guiana
An illustration from the 1850s of indigenous Australians playing marn grook
A revived version of kemari being played at the Tanzan Shrine, Japan, 2006

Sports commonly called football include association football (known as soccer in North America and Oceania); gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugby union and rugby league; and Gaelic football.

Standard pitch measurements. Not all pitches are the same size, though the preferred size for many professional teams' stadiums is 105 x with an area of 7140 m2.

Football pitch

Standard pitch measurements. Not all pitches are the same size, though the preferred size for many professional teams' stadiums is 105 x with an area of 7140 m2.
The goal line at the Stretford End of Old Trafford in Stretford (1992)
A football goal
The penalty area is the large marked rectangular area. The smaller rectangle within it is the goal area (here, the yellow-shirted goalkeeper is the only player in the goal area). The penalty arc is the curved line adjoining the "top" of the penalty area (here, the red-shirted referee is standing near the arc).

A football pitch (also known as a football field or soccer field) is the playing surface for the game of association football.