Benefits of playing football

There are many reasons why everyone should start to play football. It is very fun sports game that provides fitness and also can be the best treatment of lifestyle related diseases beside the mind is fully free of bed and depressive thought during the game. The researches have proved that physical and psychological benefits of playing football can’t even be compared benefits from any other activity.

Few hours of playing football every week can provide cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal adaptations. That means your health and fitness level can be improved in many different ways. For example, if we compare playing football to simple running, than football can ensure improvements of lot wider range of organ systems. Running mostly can help to beat heart diseases, but football can cure many other types of diseases and also ensure weight loss and gained muscle mass.

If we talk about cardiovascular training than playing football can even be more effective than simple running. The benefits are the same – improved heart rate and blood pressure which is the best ways how to avoid all kind of heart diseases – but the whole process of running in football is different. In professional football each player runs more than 10 km during the game. Running 10 km in 90 minutes is great result. Maybe amateur football players don’t run so big distances, but is ensures a lot of running anyway. The greatest thing about all of that is not even noticing that. Players are so into game that they doesn’t notice how much they actually run, so it is easier than simple running on a straight road.

Metabolism is another important process of humans’ body that can be improved by playing football. That means reducing risk of digestive system diseases and also respiratory system diseases, because it is all connected. Beside the health improvements, better metabolism also means losing body fats. Football can improve the metabolic processes better than other activities, because there is wide range of movements included in the game. Football players are not doing the same thing all the time. They are running, kicking, turning and doing all kind of movements according to each situation.

Musculoskeletal adaptations basically mean gaining muscles and improving the posture. All the movements in football require strength and right position of a body. Players don’t even need to think about it all the time, because the right posture kind of comes automatically. In short, football can provide strong and right body.

But we cannot forget about the gaining of mental health. Like it was mentioned before, during the game of football players can forget about all the problems in their life. They are fully focused on the game. All they can think about is choosing the right strategy to win. It works almost like a meditation. That can help to reduce the stress and think more positive.

So if you want to improve not only your physical health and fitness level, but also mental health and just gain some positive emotions, start playing football. It doesn’t meter how good or bad you are, it is all about the right movements and getaway.

The Basics of Football

Football is the most popular sports game in the world so there is no doubt that it is very exciting. If you have never played football or if you haven’t became a football fan yet, but you have some interest in this game, you have to start by learning the basic rules and other aspect of football.

Unlike other sports games where rules changes quite often, football is quite conservative and standardized. Although usually there are some small changes in the rules each season, basic rules and regulations remains the same.

The main objective of the game of football is to get points by kicking the ball into opponent teams’ goal. The official game consists of two teams with 11 players in each team. One player in each team is the goalkeeper. Goalkeepers’ main task is to not let the ball being kicked into the goal. Goalkeeper is able to handle the ball only in the penalty area. Other 10 players of the team play into different positions, but the main objective for all of them are to kick the ball into the opponents’ goal. All the field players must find the most effective ways how to handle and pass the ball to the other team members, so opponent team members wouldn’t get it. They can handle and pass the ball with any part of their body, except the arms.

The official game of football is being held on a 105 x 68 meters large field covered with natural or artificial grass flooring. Smaller scale football games also can be held in smaller field, but it must remain the same proportions. The longer sides of the field are called touch lines and the shorter ones are called goal lines. Field must be divided into two parts with each goal in different part. Adjacent to the goal lines are the 16 meter and 9 meter boxes, which mark where the goal and goalkeeper are.

The duration of the game is 90 minutes which is divided in two halves of 45 minutes each. There is also stoppage time after each half time. Stoppage time is the compensation of pauses in the game as the clock in football game never stops. That means actually football game lasts around 94 minutes or a bit longer according to the decision of a referee.

There is a referee in each football game. He controls the duration of a game by a whistle and manage the punishment cards. There are two types or cards in football – yellow and red. Yellow card is a warning for breaking the rules but the red card means player needs to leave the field for breaking the rules. If that happens, team need to continue the game with one player less. Minimum count of players in the team can be 7. If penalty happens in the 16 meter box, that can be rewarded with penalty shot. That means the team who fouled has to take a kick right at the goal from the centre of a goal line.