In this video you'll learn the basic rules of football.
In this video you will learn the basic rules of football, also known as soccer
Football is played on a rectangular pitch, measuring between 90 and 120 metres in length and between 45 and 90 metres in width. There are 2 goals, one at each end of the pitch.
The pitch is marked out in white lines.
A match is played between two opposing teams of 11 players each, during two halves lasting 45 minutes.
The objective of the two teams is to put the ball into the net of the opposing team.
If a team manages to do so they score a goal.
The goalkeeper of each team stays in front of his goal to protect it.
If the ball is put out of play by a player behind his own goal line a corner kick is awarded.
If the ball crosses the sidelines of the pitch there is a throw-in.
If, at the end of the match, both teams have the same score, there may be extra-time. This depends on the type of competition.
Extra-time consists of two extra halves of 15 minutes each.
If the teams still have the same score after extra-time there will be a penalty shoot-out.
5 players from each team are chosen by the coach.
They take it in turns to take a penalty, shooting at the goal protected by the goalkeeper of the opposing team.
The team that scores the most goals wins the match.
Only goalkeepers are allowed to touch the ball with their hands - in the penalty box.
The penalty box is the large rectangle, 16.5m wide, in front of the goal.
The other players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms.
Each match has a referee who is responsible for ensuring that the rules of the game are respected.
Depending on the seriousness of a foul, he has the power to issue a yellow card, a warning, or a red card, which results in a player being sent off for the remainder of the match.
Two yellow cards issued to the same player are the equivalent of a red card.
The referee can also blow for a foul without issuing a card.
If a foul is committed by a player in his own penalty area against an opposing player, the referee signals a penalty.
Otherwise, he awards a free-kick to be taken at the place where the foul was committed.
Now you know the basic rules of football.
It's time to play!