Rules and History of Soccer

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AP Photo/Paul White
USA's Jozy Altidore goes to score a goal as he is challenged by Spain's Carlos Puyol, right, during
their Confederations Cup semifinal soccer match in Bloemfontein, South Africa, June 24, 2009.

Soccer: The World's Sport on the Web

The sport of soccer, known as football in most other countries, has earned its title as "the world's sport" for obvious reasons. Although Major League Soccer (MLS) is still trying to build soccer's popularity in the United States, the enthusiasm and intensity surrounding the sport is the most widespread in the world. Whether you want to see what the fuss is about, are a confused soccer parent, or just can't get enough of the sport, this guide takes you to the Web's best soccer sites. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

Rules and History of Soccer

It's always helpful to know what you're watching before you watch it. This section sorts out all of the sites on the Web to give you a clear look into what soccer is and where it comes from.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Although this guide calls the sport "soccer," the names soccer and football are used interchangeably on Web sites. The other kind of football you might be familiar with is referred to as "American football" on non-U.S. Web sites.

  • Different organizations sometimes have different rules. Go to the rules or "laws of the game" section on the Web site of the organization that interests you.

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Soccer Leagues and Organizations

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Soccer Statistics

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News and Analysis of Soccer

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Radio and Television Coverage of Soccer

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Buying Soccer Tickets

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How to Improve at Soccer

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Buying Soccer Equipment and Apparel

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Where to Play Soccer

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