en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football

Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. ..... It is one in which young men, in country sport, propel a huge ball not by throwing it into .... The oldest surviving soccer trophy is the Youdan Cup (1867) and the oldest national football competition is the English FA Cup ( 1871).

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A national sport is considered to be an intrinsic part of the culture of a nation. Some sports are ... most followed, which would be either association football or cricket in all but a few countries ..... [E]ven though soccer football was and is considered the Hungarian national pastime; Jump up ^ Graves, Kerry A. (August 2006).

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_Direct

Sports Direct International plc is a British retailing group. Established in 1982 by Mike Ashley, the company is the United Kingdom's largest sports-goods retailer ...

www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Soccer

Oct 7, 2015 ... Like music, soccer is a language of the world, a passionate sport with a .... Countries where soccer is the most popular sport are colored green, ...

www.nielsen.com/eu/en/insights/news/2018/fan-favorite-the-global-popularity-of-football-is-rising.html

Jun 12, 2018 ... While interest in the sport of football (soccer) is lower in the U.S. than most countries, it stands at 32%, up from 28% from four years prior.

www.ducksters.com/sports/soccer.php

The sport of soccer (called football in most of the world) is considered to be the ... a soccer competition among countries and is one of the most watched events in ...

www.vox.com/2014/7/3/5868115/most-popular-sports-world-cup

Jul 3, 2014 ... About 3.2 billion people watched at least a minute of the World Cup in 2010, and preliminary numbers from this year all say the 2014 Cup's ...

www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-soccer-football.htm

More than 240 million people around the world play soccer regularly according ... The game has evolved from the sport of kicking a rudimentary animal-hide ball ...

www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-are-the-most-popular-sports-in-the-world.html

Apr 5, 2018 ... A shared love for association football (soccer) is a common bond between ... Formidable global countries in the sport include South Korea, ...