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Different Types of Football

How many different kinds of football are there in the world? It is hard to make a definitive answer to that, but there are many varieties of football worldwide. Here, in no particular order, we list just a few of them.

   
     

The methods vary, such as the number of players in a football team for the different codes, the different types of footballs, how are goals scored, styles of kit and different types of football equipment, playing areas, surfaces and stadiums.

Association Football

The most popular of the many different styles of football. Sometimes referred to as soccer, which comes from the word Association in the original Football Association. In some countries, such as the USA and (to an increasingly lesser degree) Australia, where other codes of football are more prevalent, the term soccer is often preferred.

Football consists of two teams of eleven players, one of which (the goalkeeper) is allowed to touch the ball with their hands.

General rules of football

Teams and players
A football team consists of 11 players, including a goalkeeper.
Scoring
Goals are scored by managing to get the ball into the opponent's goal, which consists of two posts and a cross-bar. The team with the most goals wins.
Shape of ball
Round.
What is the size of a football pitch?
An association football pitch can vary in size to some degree. The length should be between 90 metres and 120 metres and the width should be a minimum of 45m with a maximum of 90 metres. Although, the size of a football pitch for international matches, can be different.
International competitions
The World Cup is the premier international footballing event and is held every four years. There are also various continent-based international football competitions, including the UEFA European Football Championship, the Copa América (American Cup), the Africa Cup of Nations, the AFC Asian Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the OFC Nations Cup.

Rugby Football

Modern Rugby consists of two main codes that have descended from the original game said to have originated in the town of Rugby in Warwickshire, in the United Kingdom, Rugby Union and Rugby League.

General rules of Rugby Union

Teams and players
A rugby union team consists of 15 players.
How do you score?
There are numerous ways to score points in rugby. Rugby union's scoring is as follows. five points for a try, three points for a drop-goal, three points for a penalty kick and two points for a conversion (which is a kick at goal awarded after a try has been scored).
Shape of balls
Oval.
How big is a rugby union pitch?
A rugby union pitch can be up to 100 metres long and no more than 70 metres wide.
International competitions
The Rugby Word Cup has been played since 1987. Other international competitions include the Six Nations Championships, which started life as the Home Nations, between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but now also includes France and Italy. The Tri-Nations Series is a competition between Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

General rules of Rugby League

How many players?
Rugby league teams consist of 13 players and are allowed 2 substitutes.
Scoring
A try is worth four points and conversions and penalty goals are worth two points each. A field goal, during open play, is worth one point.
Shape of ball
Oval.
What is the size of a rugby league ground?
A rugby league pitch can be up to 100 metres in length and no more than 68 metres in width.
International competitions
Includes the Rugby League World Cup.

Australian Rules Football

Australian Rules Football, or Aussie Rules as it is sometimes known, is an Australian version of football and players are allowed to use both hands and feet to propel the ball towards the opponents goal. The goal consists of four posts, two inner and two outer.

General rules of AFL

Teams and players
An Australian Rules Football team consists of 18 players a-side.
Scoring
A goal (worth six points) is scored by kicking the ball between the two inner posts of the opponents goal. A behind (worth one point) is awarded if the ball misses the inner posts, but passes through the outer posts. A behind is also awarded if the ball touches an opponent before passing through the goal, or if it is put into the goal with any part of the body other than an attackers foot.
Shape of ball
Spheroid/oval.
What is the size of an Australian Rules Football oval?
An AFL oval is approximately 150 metres long and 130 metres in width at the furthest points.
International competitions
Played professionally almost exclusively in Australia, but see International Rules Football.

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