Association football (also known as football or soccer) is the most widely played sport in the world. An estimated 3.5 billion have some interest in association football, either playing or watching it.
The highest governing body in world soccer is the International Football Association Board, or IFAB. The IFAB are the custodians of the seventeen Laws of the Game, and meet annually to discuss proposed updates to the Laws and other matters that impact the world of soccer on the highest levels. The IFAB is composed of the FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA, the largest soccer association in the world) and the four pioneering soccer associations in the UK: England's Football Association (the FA), the Scottish Football Association (SFA) the Football Association of Wales (FAW), and the Irish Football Association (IFA) of Northern Ireland.
Because in the vast majority of the world, association football is the only (or at least primary) type of football played, hence it is shortened to just 'football' by default. Only in the US and Canada does it get called soccer by most people, and this because they have their own variety. Other countries such as Australia and New Zealand also refer to their dominant, non-Association Football codes as 'football' (being Australian Rules Football and Rugby Football respectively).
Probably, the casual unofficial sort played by two groups of people without formal rules. The Melbourne Football Club rules of 1859 are the oldest surviving set of laws for Australian football. The meeting so-associated, was chaired by Tom Wills, also of the Melbourne Football Club. The first official association football rules are reported to be those written by the English Football Association in 1863. Their game is sometimes known as 'Association Football' which is now apparently the most popular team game in the world.
Soccer is a British term used to describe football players who played Association Rules Football. Similarly, the term "rugger" referred to a player of Rugby Rules Football. The game played today around the world under the auspices of FIFA is based on Association rules, and is sometimes called Association Football. The term fell out of dominate use in Britain in the 1800s, but it continued to be used in the US and Canada, and even in Britain when discussing different types of football or among people who closely follow different types of football.
FIFA is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football) - world-scale governing body for football, while the AFC is the Asian Football Confederation, a continental-scale governing body for Asia. There is also:UEFA (Union of European Football Associations);CONMEBOL (South-American Football Confederation);CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football)CAF (Confederation of African Football);OFC (Oceania Football Confederation).
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