The Game of Football
Football is, without doubt, the most popular game in the world today. The very term, ‘football’, has a romance of its own. It is, indeed, a word of millions to conjure with.This game of evoking mad excitements was originally played at a village called Rugby in Italy. Now, two opinions are there about it. But according to some experts in this discipline, the game had its origin in China. But this view could not be substantially ratified.Football is played between two teams opposing each other. Each team consists of eleven players. In the old method one goalie, two full-backs, three half backs and five forwards made the line-up. The centre-half had the pivotal role. This system is now treated to be obsolete.The duration of the game in the international contests is a period of 90 minutes divided into two halves of 45 minutes each. Between each halves, there is a break for not more than 15 minutes. One referee assisted by two linesmen conducts the game.The game in the past was played robustly, and mostly with the application of physical strength. But, now the pattern has changed for the better. A good schemer in the forward line is, indeed, a veritable artist. Successful defenders play the game with perfect anticipation, neat tackling, superb head-work and sudden burst of overlapping. A competitive game in progress is, surely, a fascinating treat to watch.To play football is a good physical exercise. Naturally, the game is encouraged and fostered among the students of schools and colleges.