Sports are one of the most popular forms of entertainment. The last Super Bowl drew 111 million viewers across the country, making it the most watched television show in U.S. history. No other sport comes close to these numbers. This year’s games are sure to be exciting. Fans can expect to see plenty of action, including a dogfight between two teams.
Football fouls occur when a player commits a specific offence while the ball is in play. Offenses that qualify as fouls are listed in Law 12 of the Laws of the Game. Examples of these offences include handling the ball, tripping an opponent, or pushing an opponent. Some other fouls are punishable only with an indirect free kick. But, in general, the rules of football don’t allow a player to intentionally touch the ball.
Games centered around kicking a ball have been played for thousands of years. Indigenous peoples played ball games in the Americas. In 1586, the English explorer John Davis played football with Inuit in Greenland. The Inuit play a version of football on ice known as Aqsaqtuk. In medieval Europe, the rules of the game varied depending on the location and period.
Football is the oldest and most popular sport in the world, and has a powerful role in local communities. According to ESPN, the Cote d’Ivoire national team was instrumental in securing a civil war truce in 2005. In the 1990s, the Yugoslav wars were aggravated by football. The Red Star Belgrade vs. Dinamo Zagreb match, which resulted in rioting, was widely considered the final cause of the Football War.