Soccer

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and is played everywhere. It’s gaining attention in the US as MLS is becoming more popular and attracting more and more top footballers from Europe.

Most Popular Soccer Events

Soccer is a year-round sport. During much of the year there are countless leagues throughout the world.  The most popular leagues in Europe are The English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, French Ligue 1, and Italian Serie A. In Europe they also have two main competitions that include the top teams in all the European domestic leagues called the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. These contests hold the elite of elite in European soccer and are held in the middle of the week. Each country generally has their own domestic league including the USA having the MLS.  During the summer months there are major tournaments held throughout the world varying by different region.  These tournaments can range from annually, biennial, to every four years. The most popular regional tournaments are The Euro’s (or European Championships), The Copa America (South America), and The Gold Cup (North American, Central American, and Caribbean). Every four years the best teams around the world combine to make the most popular soccer tournament in the world known as The World Cup where the best teams from every region battle to be the best country in the world. Before you bet on soccer you should read our soccer betting strategies guide.

Legends of the game

In the world of soccer there are currently no bigger names than that of Portugal and Juventus star Christiano Ronaldo and that of Argentinan and Barcelona star Lionel Messi. There has been debate over the last number of years about who is the better of the two. Along with them you have the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Luis Suarez, Paul Pogba, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and hopefully some day American Christian Pulisic.  They are all trying to etch their names in the history books with the like’s former legends like Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Zinedine Zidane, Cafu, George Best and the likes.

History of Soccer

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world today.  It is generally played 11 on 11 but has different variations around the world.  It was originated over 3000 years old.  It can be dated back to ancient Chinese and Mesopotamian cultures. The more modern game was developed around 150 years ago in England. It is believed that over 250 million people play soccer in well over 200 countries around the world today.

FAQ

How large is a soccer field?

Professional soccer fields can range in size. They generally are 100-130 yards long and anywhere from 50-100 yards wide.

How long are the games?

A typical game is 90 minutes in length.

How much distance do players travel during a game?

On average a soccer player will average 7 miles traveled during a full-length game. For some players, this number can get closer to 10 miles.

Why does the clock always run?

The clock always runs as soccer does not have timeouts and they use a running clock. At the end of each half, the ref will add time on based on how much was missed during the game.

How long is the half time break?

Half time is generally 15 minutes.

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