Facts About The Much-Hailed And Anticipated FIFA World Cup

The global football championship that is held every 4 years, and that the entire world looks forward to with bated breath, had actually been flagged off with the inaugural tournament in 1930. What’s interesting to note was that despite spurring off a great fan following and immense popularity, the championship could not be organized as planned at two occasions, once in 1942 and the next in 1946, both of which can be accredited to the mayhem and disaster that was the second World War.

Not everyone’s aware of the history of the FIFA World Cup, but you might be certainly living under a rock if you are unaware of the fact that the last event was held in 2014 in Brazil. It was Germany that won the much-coveted trophy, and they are the presiding world champions as of now. Various other awards and accreditations are also given out during this tournament that stretches out over a time period of around 2 months. Some of these include the Golden Ball, the Golden Boot, the Golden Glove Award, the Best Young Player Award, the FIFA Fair Play Trophy and the award for the most Entertaining Team.

Brazil has participated and won in the championship 20 times and happens to be the all-time champion till date. At the 2nd spot, there is a tie between Germany and Italy, both of the nations having had 18 participations and victories. This is followed by Argentina, Spain, England, France and Uruguay.

The Millennium Trophy

If you are a football fan, you might be aware of the Six Nations Championship involving jaw-biting Rugby matches between the 6 major rugby players of Europe, namely England, France, Wales, Scotland, Italy and Ireland. It would be interesting to note that this was actually a Home Nations Championship that had involved only 4 teams, namely Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England during the late 19th century and early 20th century. What came next was that France joined this championship in 1910, and thereon it came to be known as the Five Nations Championship Trophy. Finally around 4 decades later, Italy also joined as a participant in these matches, and the nomenclature was finally set to the Six Nations Championship.

The Millennium Trophy as mentioned above, is amongst the contending trophies of this Six Nations Championship, and is primarily played between England and Ireland. As of today, England happens to be the current residing champion, having won the trophy several consecutive times in the last two decades.

Rugby Football Union

The Rugby Football Union is the Chief Governing Body that manages the sport across the UK. There are over 2000 Rugby Clubs as well as over 2.5 million players who have been registered with this Union, and it happens to be the biggest association of this stature across the world. While the Rugby Football Union was a male-dominated arena, formed way back in 1871, the Rugby Football Union for Women was formed only in 2010. It was only at the dawn of the new millennium that the general attitude and approach towards women playing football changed. Earlier it was considered as a rough game, and women were discouraged from playing. But now a number of world-level and nation-level tournaments and championships are gaining popularity, which includes the participation of both senior women as well as women under 19 and under 17.

Yet another important body in this realm is the Army Rugby Union, which has been the governing body for rugby in the British Army since 1906. While football remained a popular sport in the UK and across Europe, the credit for its widespread global popularity can be mostly given to the British Empire. The former colonizers took this game to every nook and corner of the globe, and this is why the game has become a mass phenomenon in Latin America.

For those who are unaware, the Calcutta Cup was one of the world’s oldest rugby union trophies and goes all the way back to 1879. Of course it was England that emerged at the dominant rugby champion in this cup, with the slight exception of Scotland at certain matches. The actual wooden cup that boasted of fine Indian craftsmanship, has actually weakened over the years because of rough handling. So a new cup has replaced it, while the old one remains as a popular exhibit at the Museum of Rugby in Twickenham.

Major Football Tournaments Across The Globe With Colour Coding

Before we begin to take a look at the major football tournaments all over the world, you must understand that there is a universally recognized colour coding in place which goes on to indicate the level of competition. For instance, Youth Men Tournaments are designated by the Cyan Colour, the Fuchsia colour is used for denoting all football matches played by youth women. Then there are the yellow-coded beach football competitions, dark-coloured sub-national teams matches, the medium-coloured championship leagues involving major clubs and the light grey colours to depict the ones played by smaller clubs. In the women’s zone, you have the red colour depicting senior women’s games and the pink colour that shows the championship is being played by young women. Lastly, there is a green colour coding to indicate Futsal Football Championships.

Needless to state, the FIFA World Cup is the most-watched football event of the world, but that does not undermine the popularity of other events such as the FIFA Confederations Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games. Many of the youth team are equally popular, and this includes the FIFA Under 20 and Under 17 World Cups for Men, and of course, the Under 20 and Under 17 World Cups for Women. And it would be unfair if one did not mention the FIFA Club World Cup, which football fans certainly look forward to, all through the year.

A Glimpse Of The Football Fields For Beginners

For those who have just begun watching football, it will definitely help to know a few specifications of the field. Well for starters, the dimensions of the field are 100 yards x 53 yards. This is fixed across all football fields of the world, no matter how popular or unpopular the sporting event is. And if you are wondering what those white marks in the field are called, I’d like to tell you that these are called yard-markers. The purpose of designating yard markers prior to the beginning of the game, is for the purpose of keeping track of the ball. Also, in addition to the fixed dimensions of the field, there is a presence of extra 10 yards marked on either of the sides. The area covered under this 10 yards, is technically known as ‘end zone’, and therefore, there are two end zones on any football field, on either of the sides. Football fields can be set up and ready to play in as little as 20 minutes, usually the goal posts, corner flags and nets are stored in a secure facility nearby the park for easy transport.

As you are already aware, there are 11 players in both the teams. While one team takes the offense by kicking, grabbing, shifting, passing and advancing the ball out of the reach of the other team (which is the defence), the intent of the team on offense is to take the ball to the end zone and take it past the line for a goal.

What are the time stipulations in a football game?

So you have a total game duration of 60 minutes, that’s divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each. And you also have a stipulated 12 minutes break time once two quarters are over, which means at the end of 30 minutes. Each quarter begins with a kickoff. In case there is a penalty by any player, the kickoff needs to be started again, thereby ensuring that the game is fair and both teams are provided with fair and equal opportunities at scoring goals.