Considering that football is popular in virtually every part of the world, it should not come as a surprise that it is also the most popular sport in Europe. However, World Football, or Association Football, is more what most people in America consider Soccer. In Europe players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands while playing football. It is still a rough and tumble sport, but usually not as rough as our football games.
The way players dress and the amount of players on the field at one time are very different. In Europe, there are 11 players on the field battling it out at one time. They are all wearing shorts and tee-shirts. The only person allowed to touch the ball with arms or hands during game play is the goalkeeper however they must be in their penalty area when doing it.
A game is played by the team on the field kicking or passing the ball to the other players on their team. There are no passes or times when you can throw the ball. This does make scoring is a bit hard to deal with and there are some games that have no score at the end of it. This is a major downfall, according to most American’s who enjoy seeing scores climb high during a game.
It is a game that also allows women to play, whereas American football is only played professionally by men. Women’s football is not easy and it has faced struggles to maintain its popularity, but in 1971 it became recognized as a true sport for women players. Even though women do not play against men, it still ensures that they are respectable players who are not afraid to get dirty, the same as the male players.
Cricket is the next best game according to some. It is very similar to what we know as baseball. However, the field is slightly larger in cricket. Cricket is also played over several days and through three different parts. There is the Test phase, there is the One Day and the Twenty20. The only one that compares in time to baseball is the Twenty20 which takes approximately three and a half hours.