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Soccer is the most played sport in the world today It is played in deserted roads busy streets and more commonly in open fields Soccer is known to most of the world outside of North America as Football because the foot is the part of the body used most in the sport Early soccer players played the sport with little rules except No kicking other players The sport was first played in Britain during the 1750s when the country changed from agrarian to an industrial society Scotland and Australia helped the popularity of soccer by creating leagues for all interested players One of the teams from Australia is still an active team in Australias soccer leagues The Scots were the first people to use defenders in soccer Many countries merely kicked the ball as hard as they could to try to put the ball past the keeper In soccer both teams have eleven players The way the teams choose to set up the play of the players make the game a guessing game of strategies Each team must have one goalie or keeper to protect the other team from kicking the ball into their goal The goalie is the only player that is allowed to use his or her hands No other player may use their hands A playing field is usually 110-130 in length and 60-100 in width Sizes may vary but the length can never be shorter than the width Soccer has grown in popularity and has become a sport that every country has a national team to compete at the national level The FIFA World Cup is played every four years in a different city in the world Preliminaries are held two years beforehand to decide what thirty-two teams will compete for the World Cup The first round of the World Cup is group pairings There are eight groups with four teams Each team plays the three other teams A
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