One of the earliest recorded games was played in Toronto in 1859 between the St. George's Society and a team of Irishmen. Games were played in New Westminster in 1862 and in Victoria in 1865. The first game played under modern rules took place in Toronto in 1876, after which the Dominion Football Association, the first recorded football association outside the British Isles, was formed in Toronto in 1877 to foster competition between local teams.




The soccer field size
In soccer, the playing field is rectangular, with a length of between 100 and 130 yards and a width between 50 and 100 yards. For international matches the fields are generally a bit smaller, with a maximum length of 120 yards and a maximum width of 80 yards.



There are supposed to be 11 players on side of the team. Keep the ball away from the defenders and try to pass it to your teammates as many times possible and take it near the net and score. If the game is a tie then a fifteen minute round is used, followed by a shootout. The shootouts will continue to go until there is a victor.



The basic equipment needed for soccer is the following:

Jersey: Usually many clubs in professional soccer have their sponsor’s logos on the front of their jersey.

Shorts: Back in the seventies soccer shorts were extremely tight and short but these days their length is almost equal to the basketball shorts.

Footwear: This is probably the most important part of the equipment for soccer. With good quality soccer shoes you will be able to perform better. It’s very important to try your shoes before buying them, because soccer shoes need to sit tight and you also need to see if the shoe model is made for your feet.

Shin pads: These will help protect your shin from impacts by the soccer ball. Try them before buying them: if they are too small they won't provide sufficient protection and may constrict your leg movements; if they're too large, they may also restrict your movements.

Stockings (or socks): Usually this is the cheapest piece of equipment needed for soccer. You should at least have an extra 2-3 pairs.



• A match is played in two 45 minute halves, by two teams of eleven players each. The game begins with the toss of a coin, and the winning captain decides which goal to defend or to take the first kick off.

• All players must use their feet, head or chest to play the ball. Only the goalkeeper is allowed to use their hands, and only within their designated goal area. The aim of the game is to score a goal, which is achieved by kicking or heading the ball into the opposition team's goal.

• If the ball touches or crosses the side line, it is thrown back in by the team that was not the last to touch the ball.

• The game is controlled by a central referee, and two linesmen. They award free kicks and penalties when rules are broken. For continual breaking of rules or for a bad foul, the player may be sent off.