IntroductionA great soccer player once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love what you are doing or learning to do.” Pèle is considered one of the greatest soccer players in the world. One of the most looked up to from many people and one of the many people that molded soccer to what it is today. Association Football better know as soccer is played 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making soccer the world’s most popular sport. I am here to convey to you and educate you more on soccer. I am going to talk about how soccer began and where it is today, the rules, techniques, tactics, and competitions of soccer. Soccer is important because it teaches you teamwork and respect for your teammates, your opponents, coaches, and respect for yourself.BodyOrigins of SoccerChina is where Soccer first originated at least 2,200 years ago, FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football) agrees too. England one of the countries that should be recognized for organizing the contemporary game in 1863. The first form of soccer which has scientific evidence was an exercise from a military manual dating back to the second and third centuries BC in China.The world’s first soccer ball was a leather ball filled with hair and feathers. Back then Soccer was called ‘Tsu’ Chu’, which meant “kicking ball”. Soccer has evolved from kicking around a ball made from animal-hide to the worldwide sport we know and to the International competition known as the World Cup. Today, soccer is played all around the world. Soccer is played by kids, teenagers, adults, and even people in their 50’s. Soccer is even played in schools; it is played in middle school all the up to college. Soccer also has many different leagues and divisions. In soccer there are also many different competitive competitions. For example, there is the World Cup that is held every four years and the next will be in 2018. The World Cup is where teams from different countries in different parts of the world compete internationally.Basic Rules of Soccer According to FIFA, the rules of soccer or the laws of the game, there are seventeen different laws of the game. There are six technical laws of the game for Coaches, Referees, and others. All together there are twenty-three laws of the game. But the basic rules of the soccer are you have two teams of eleven, one team on one side of the field. The teams would have to use their feet or any part of their body except their hands to score in the opposing team’s goal. The rule of hand ball rule is from the fingers to the upper arm, players cannot touch or handle the while in play. To look at the hand ball rule an easier way is a player cannot “handle” the ball. A ball that is kicked and hits a player’s hand is not a hand ball. But, it is the referee’s call if it is a hand ball or not. The players may use their hands on throw-ins. The goalie or goalkeeper may use their hands while the ball is in play. But, the goalie may not use their hands when their teammate passes the ball back to them. Throw-ins are taken when the ball crosses a sideline and leaves the field. The basic rules of a throw-in are the player has to keep both feet on the ground and to throw the ball over their head. Corner kicks and goal kicks are taken when the ball passes the goal line (at the end of the field. If the ball if kicked off the offensive team and the opposing team will take a goal kick. The goal kicks are taken inside the six yard box or the goal box by any player. The basic rules for a goal kick is that the ball must leave the penalty area before any player can touch the ball. A corner kick happens when the opposing team kicks the ball out of the goal lina and the offensive team will take a corner kick. The corner kick is taken nearest to the corner where the ball left the field. Fouls happen when a player is kicked, trip, jump at, charge, strike, push, hold, or spit at an opponent. Bumping or leaning shoulder-to-shoulder is not a foul until hands, arms, or elbows are raised. Offsides is when a player is behind the last opposing player and the boy has not been passed. They are offsides if they are involved in active play or determined to get the ball.Basic Techniques Passing the ball is one of the hardest and most important techniques in soccer. If you cannot pass the ball will not get to your teammates. Players could pass the ball with any part of your foot. Players could also pass the ball with any part of their body. The most common way to pass the ball is with the inside of the foot. Passing the ball with the inside foot is the most accurate way to pass the ball. It is good to pass at any time, and it is easiest to pass so you will not get tired as fast.Dribbling is when players use both feet two move the ball. Players can use dribbling to get past the opposing team. It is good to dribble when you have space and you are close to the goal. Shooting is also one of the hardest and most important technique in soccer. Shooting is what players use to score goals. Shooting is good when you are close to the goal and have an open shot.National and International Competition Soccer has many different competitions. But, the most common common competitions are the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup. These competitions are both National and International competitions. But, soccer has many more competitions like, UEFA European Football Championship, CAF Africa Cup of Nations, CONMEBOL Copa América, CONCACAF Gold Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.Conclusion Association Football is one of the most loved sport across the globe. Soccer has transformed from using a leather ball to playing in big stadiums for the World Cup. Soccer has formed players into becoming more respectful to their teammates, coaches, referees, and themselves.