The Beautiful Game Known as “Soccer”

Soccer. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 3 Dec 2020.

Rafa Ceniceros, Staff Writer

The beautiful game known as soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. There is a feel towards the game. You are connected to the energy. The game brings on such focus that life’s distractions go away and all you can think about is winning and having fun.

The rules of soccer are very complicated and while it might seem simple, it is deceivingly complex. Soccer has a field of grass that has two goals, one on each end of the field. The main objective of the game is to score a goal on the opposing team’s net. Simply put, kick the ball with your feet and most importantly, dont use your hands. There are defenders, midfielders and attackers. Anyone can score and defend but only one can protect the net with their hands, and that’s the goalkeeper. These are simply only some of the rules that were taken from the old days.

The old days were a lot more complicated when playing soccer because they were still developing rules and adding more objects into the game which made it to what it is today. BillC Connelly from ESPN wrote an article called “How soccer has changed in the past 10 years” he suggest that the history of soccer dates back as far as 2500BC. During that time, the game was being created by the Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese, they all were beginning to take part in the sport. Everything began when the Chinese had a game called “Tsin Dynasty” (255 -260 BC) which represented a game where they had to kick a leather ball into a net strung between two poles. The main difference from today and the past is the equipment all the players had to wear. They were made of heavy and drab equipment that restricted players ability move and skill, the first balls were the lowest quality, barely able to be used.

If you want to know more information about soccer and all the rules, here is a video giving a more detailed explanation on what is soccer

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Citation: “The History of Football in 10 Minutes.” YouTube, uploaded by HITC Sevens, 3 March 2020,

Now that many people are beginning to realize the difference from the old days, they now know how the game has changed. One of the reasons the playing style of the game has changed is due to the many players that were creative in their own way. There have been many great players that have become very well known throughout the world. These players are Leonel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, Zinedine Zidane, & Johan Cruyff but, these are only a fraction of the people recognized by many. Also, Messi himself has made many achievements in his life which has inspired him to keep moving forward and not back down from a challenge or obstacle. He has had many titles and achievements which has given him the nickname “The GOAT” which stands for the greatest of all time. These are the awards he has earned throughout his years of playing soccer:

  • 6 times Ballon d’Or winner
  • 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year
  • Barcelona all-time top goal scorer
  • Argentina’s all-time top goal scorer, La Liga all-time top goal scorer
  • Six-time Pichichi winner
  • Most goals scored in a calendar year
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball in 2015
  • 2011 & 2015 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year
  • Seven-time La Liga Player of the Year
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball
  • 2005 Young European Footballer of the Year
  • 2009 UEFA Club Footballer of the Year
  • Five-time European Golden Shoe winner
  • Four Champions Leagues
  • Nine La Liga titles
  • Six Copa del Rey & many more awards.

If you think about it, many people aren’t playing soccer for the money, they are playing because they love the sport. It’s something that you become attached to. This feeling started with people in the 25th century BC and continues today. While soccer is fun, it also requires lots of dedication, work ethic, and heart. Soccer is a great sport to play to get some things off your mind by making you focus on the game, which brings a sort of youthfulness into a man’s world.