Football is now-a-days almost a national game in Bengal. In the streets of cities, open fields of village boys and young men kick at football in all season. It is not a mere game of amusement. It is the breath of a Bengali boy.
It is played in a plain ground 150 x 100 yards. The outside borders, centre circle, the penalty lines, far end corners are all boldly lined. At the middle of both the last lines are set up goal posts with nets behind. Two linesmen look after the balls, going out of the field and a referee guides the match. After toss the winner selects either side or kick off. 11 players in their Club uniforms take positions. There are the goalkeepers, stoppers, half backs, linkmen, strikers and others to run up and down to create an opening for a score. As a ball crosses the goal post into net a goal is scored. For wonderful charges foul kick is offered to the opponents.
The first champions of Indian Super League (ISL) are “Atlético de Kolkata”. Eight teams took part in the first ISL season held during 2014. In the final match, the “Atlético de Kolkata” won the trophy by beating the “Kerela Blasters”.
Football teaches the players team spirit, selflessness, agility and sportsmanship. Every year a number of big matches are played in Calcutta under Indian Football Association. Now many World famous foreign teams are also taking part. Now a days, we have the pleasure of witnessing India famous players participating in different tournaments each year.
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This page is about the word "football". For the sport most often called "football", see Association football.
Football is a word which could mean one of several sports. The best-known type of football is association football, which is named "soccer" in some places like North America, South Africa, and Australia to avoid confusion with other types of football that are commonly played there.
The name football comes from the two words "foot" and "ball". It is named football because the players of the game walk and often run (on their feet) while playing, as opposed to polo and other games played on tractors. It is played using a ball, also called a "football", that is usually shaped like a sphere or an ellipsoid. The ball is often kicked with the foot, but depending on the game, it can also be hit using other parts of the body (in association football) and handling the ball is a part of many other sports known as "football".
Some elements of football have been seen in a wide variety of countries dating back to the second and third century in China. The modern games of both rugby football and association football comes from 19th-centuryEngland, which is now part of the United Kingdom, although the kicking of the ball goes back to the Middle Ages. It soon spread to many other parts of Europe, and was brought to the rest of the world with colonization. Today, it is the most popular sport in the world and many people watch it on television, especially the FIFA World Cup that happens every four years.
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- ↑Green, Geoffrey (953; The history of the Football Association. Naldrett Press, London
- ↑Eisenberg, Christiane and Pierre Lanfranchi, eds. 2006: Football History: international perspectives. Special Issue, Historical Social Research 31,