Soccer articles

FIFA’s National Soccer Teams Ranking: How does it work?

The FIFA’s men’s world ranking aims at creating a dynamic hierarchy of each country’s national team with the purpose of knowing in a rollover period (in general, the ranking is recalculated on a monthly basis) which teams are stronger. Contrary to UEFA’s, this ranking does not bind FIFA to seed clubs in a World Cup draw

Soccer’s Pitch Lines and Marks – The Centre Circle

In a previous post we have started depicting the characteristics of soccer’s pitch lines and marks and provided information about the Penalty Arc’s purpose. Today we focus our attention on the Centre Circle. As you may all know this circumference has the legal purpose of keeping all the players within a reasonable distance (outside the circle) from the

Soccer Pitch Lines and Marks – What are their names and purpose?

A soccer pitch has several lines and marks that have a specific purpose within the normal course of a match. The longer lines of the pitch’s rectangle are called ‘Touchlines’ and the shorter ones ‘Goal Lines’ (line that horizontally unites each corner flag) in the center of which ‘Goals’ are placed (each ‘Goal’ must have two ‘Posts’

Soccer Offside Rules – To which part of the striker’s body has the liner to watch out?

Accordingly to International Board Laws of the Game (Law 11 – Offside), the general rule for a player to be considered in an offside position is when he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent. There are situations in which this thumb rule is not applied (for example, as