Are you looking to learn more about the world of football? This post will discuss all the basics you need to get into football, whether you’re looking to get involved with a local team or want to learn more about match set ups for watching the Premier League with your friends we have put together a list of need-to-know tips to get you started.

The Basic Rules

The famous offside rule can be off-putting when it comes to getting to grips with football, however, it is a relatively simple game. Don’t let being a beginner stop you, it’s a great way to spend time with friends and and get involved in a community. In this post we will discuss all you need to know before getting started.

According to The FA, a player is considered to be in an offside position if:

Similarly, a player is considered to have committed an offside offence if at the moment the ball is played or touched by a team-mate and is seen to be:

A player is also considered to have committed an offside offence if they become involved in active play by:

These rules may seem complicated to begin with, but when you’re playing in a team setting these rules often become self-explanatory and you can rely on friends and teammates to guide you through the game.

The Basic Positions

There are a range of positions within a football team. Whether your getting a group of friends together to play a friendly game or going to watch your first match, here’s a rundown on all the positions:

Here’s a rundown on all the positions:

Goalkeeper

Fun fact: the goalkeeper is the only required position in a football match.

Defender

Midfielder

Forwards

A Quick History of the Game

Football is a game that is popular worldwide, especially in the UK where the first known game was played back in 1752 in Nottingham, England. Originally, the game was thought to be a combination of rugby and soccer. While it was very popular in England, football quickly spread to the rest of the world, reaching as far as Australia in the late 1800s. Football today is played across the world in a huge number of leagues, leagues and cups. There are currently 40,000 teams registered in England alone and there are over 40 different professional football leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.

Conclusion

Football is by far one of the most popular sports in the world, and it has been played since the early 1700s in the UK. Although it is different to some of the more popular sports in the United States it is similar to soccer and rugby with many of the same rules. If you are a beginner you will need to find a team that is local to you that plays regularly, or that you can arrange some friendly matches with. If you’re looking to spend more time with friends you can follow the matches or form your own games and leagues, and come up with your own fixtures or events. Football is a game that requires both skill and confidence, so practice with and against a friend to develop the skills you need.

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