Football (EU/International), or soccer (US), is a team sport where points are scored by kicking a ball through a goal. A common game enjoyed and shared by hundreds of millions of people around the world, nearly anyone can participate in the sport because the only equipment required is a ball. Professional football is regulated internationally by FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), which coordinates male and female international FIFA World Cup tournaments every four years.

How long is a soccer game?

Soccer games are made up of two 45 minute halves with a halftime rest period of 15 minutes. Additional stoppage time is commonly added to the end of each half at the discretion of the referee to make up for any lost time due to game delays. If the game cannot end in a tie (commonly during an elimination tournament), two additional 15 minute overtime periods are added to the game with the possibility of a final penalty kick round if the game still remains tied. Soccer games commonly last roughly two hours.

How many players are on a soccer team?

Each soccer team is allowed to have a maximum of 11 players on the pitch at a single time. Teams are able to have a bench of additional players that ranges from 3 to 12 substitute players.


Who invented soccer?

England invented the modern game of football (soccer). Though there were similar types of football sports dating thousands of years in the past, the English were the first to create the uniform rule set for the sport that is played around the world today.

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Gareth Bale
Set of scaled height illustrations of various footballers compared to Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is perhaps one of the rarest Welsh football stars who is recognized for speed, crossing skills, exceptional physique, long strikes, and swerving free kicks. The winger plays for Tottenham Hotspur but has also played for Southampton and Real Madrid. He has been named UEFA Team of the Year, PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and Welsh Footballer of the Year on six occasions. Bales has bagged two La Liga awards, one Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de Espana, four UEFA Champions League, two UEFA Super Cup, and three FIFA Club World Cup. Besides football, Bale also plays golf and has also been involved in a campaign with other football stars in the fight against Ebola.

Gareth Bale has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Collection of drawings of Gareth Bale measured with overall height
Gareth Bale is perhaps one of the rarest Welsh football stars who is recognized for speed, crossing skills, exceptional physique, long strikes and swerving free kicks. The winger plays for Tottenham Hotspur but has also played for Southampton and Real Madrid. He has been named UEFA Team of the Year.

Gareth Bale has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

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Nationality: Wales

Years Active: 2006—

Birthday
July 16, 1989

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Football Pitch | Field

Football fields, or football pitches, are the rectangular playing surfaces used for the sport of football (soccer). While grass is the typical playing surface, football can also be played on artificial turf or informally on dirt surfaces. The long length of the field, bounded by the touchlines, must be between 295’-394’ | 90-120 m, while the shorter width, defined by the goal lines, is between 148’-295’ | 45-90 m. Goals are located on the center of each opposing goal line and are 24’ | 7.32 m wide. The football pitch is split with a half-way line and a center circle with a radius of 30’ | 9.15 m.

Other crucial areas of the football field include the goal area and the penalty area/marks. The goal area is a rectangular zone centered on the goal starting 18’ | 5.5 m out from both goalposts and extending 18’ | 5.5 m into the pitch. Around this area is the larger penalty area that is 54’ | 16.5 m from the posts and 54’ | 16.5 m out. For penalty kicks, the penalty mark is centered at 36’ | 11 m from the goal. A circular penalty arc extends at a radius of 30’ | 9.15 m from the penalty mark. Corner radii are set at 3’ | .9 m.

Plan drawing of a Football | Soccer Field | Pitch with dimensions
Football fields, or pitches, are rectangular playing surfaces used for the sport of football (soccer). The long length of the field must be between 295’-394’ | 90-120 m, while the shorter width is between 148’-295’ | 45-90 m. Goals are located on each opposing goal line and are 24’ | 7.32 m wide.

Plan drawing of a Football | Soccer Field | Pitch with dimensions
Football Pitch | Field
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Center Circle (Radius): 30’ | 9.15 m
Goal Area: 18’ | 5.5 m from goal edge, 18’ | 5.5 m from front
Penalty Area: 54’ | 16.5 m from goal edge, 54’ | 16.5 m from front
Penalty Mark: 36’ | 11 m centered from goal
Penalty Arc: 30’ | 9.15 m from penalty mark
Corners (Radius): 3’ | .9 m

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Carli Lloyd
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Carli Lloyd is among the few American female soccer players to be admitted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. She is a three-time Olympian, two-time FIFA Player of the Year, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, and two-time Olympic gold medalists besides her Silver Boot and Golden Ball Trophy. Carli Lloyd plays as a midfielder for Sky Blue FC and the USA national soccer team. She has also played for the Chicago Red Stars, Atlanta Beat, Western New York Flash, and Houston Dash. Carli Lloyd is recognized for being able to assist her team in both defense and offensive roles.

Carli Lloyd has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Carli Lloyd in soccer poses measured with overall height
Carli Lloyd is among the few American female soccer players to be admitted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. She is a three-time Olympian, two-time FIFA Player of the Year, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, and two-time Olympic gold medalists besides her Silver Boot and Golden Ball Trophy.

Carli Lloyd has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1999—

Birthday
July 16, 1982

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Carli Lloyd standing, dribbling, shooting

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Megan Rapinoe
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Megan Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player known for her activism and crafty play style. She plays as a winger and the captain of OL Reigns and the US national soccer team. Megan has also played for Lyon, Magicjack, Philadelphia Independence, and Chicago Red Stars. She was named the Best FIFA Women’s Player and Ballon d’Or Feminin in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019; a competition where she won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards. She has won three gold medals while playing for the US national soccer team. Out of the field, Megan Rapinoe supports various charities besides being involved in fashion.

Megan Rapinoe has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Set of illustrations of Megan Rapinoe in various soccer poses measured with overall height
Megan Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player known for her activism and crafty play style. She plays as a winger and the captain of OL Reigns and the US national soccer team. Megan has also played for Lyon, Magicjack, Philadelphia Independence, and Chicago Red Stars.

Megan Rapinoe has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Set of illustrations of Megan Rapinoe in various soccer poses measured with overall height
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2009—

Birthday
July 5, 1985

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Megan Rapinoe standing, dribbling, shooting

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Zinedine Zidane
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So many retired football stars have tried to replicate the level of success in the coaching arena, but none has achieved that like the former French football star Zinedine Zidane. Zidane was nicknamed Zizou, and played as attacking midfielder for the French national team, Real Madrid, Cannes, Bordeaux, and Juventus. Zidane was recognized for his ball control, vision, passing, and elegance, making him a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and one time Ballon d’Or winner. Besides, he received the Legion d’honneur after scoring twice in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, making him a French hero. Zidane has won sixteen awards as a footballer and eleven as a manager with Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Set of illustrations of Zinedine Zidane in various football (soccer) poses measured with overall height
So many retired football stars have tried to replicate the level of success in the coaching arena, but none has achieved that like the former French football star Zinedine Zidane. Zidane was nicknamed Zizou, and is recognized for his ball control, vision, passing, and elegance.

Zinedine Zidane has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Set of illustrations of Zinedine Zidane in various football (soccer) poses measured with overall height
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Nationality: France

Years Active: 1989-2006

Birthday
June 23, 1972

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Zinedine Zidane standing, dribbling, shooting

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