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Who Are the Best Soccer Players in the World...
This list of the best soccer players in the world contains a heavy Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich contingent.
The Ancient Origins of Soccer
The question of who invented soccer is a complicated one and there are a number of conflicting beliefs about how the beautiful game started out.
Who features in About.com World Soccer's list...
Best midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best midfielders.
10 Best Goalkeepers in the World
Best Goalkeepers - A Look at 10 of the World's Best Goalkeepers
Who are the Best Defenders in the World?
There are some excellent defenders in soccer, players capable of repelling the opposition in the air and on the ground. Here is a look at 10 of the best defenders in the world.
FIFA's 17 Laws of the Game of Soccer
The rules of soccer come in the form of 17 laws from world governing body FIFA and here is a comprehensive breakdown of what they are.
Who are About.com's 10 best strikers in the...
Best strikers - A look at 10 of the world's best strikers.
10 Best Soccer Players of All Time
The top 10 greatest soccer players of all time, featuring greats such as Pele, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.
Messi vs. Ronaldo: Who's Better?
A comparison of the two best players in the world: Messi vs Ronaldo.
Is Lionel Messi the Best Soccer Player in the...
Lionel Messi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi
What Are the Dimensions of a Regulation Soccer...
There are very few fixed dimensions for soccer fields, even at the highest level. The sport’s world governing body, FIFA, only stipulates that for professional 11-versus-11 competition, they must be between 100 yards and 130 yards and the width between 50 and 100 yards. Still, some elements remain constant on full-size fields throughout the world.
This Is What A Soccer Player's Diet Should Look...
A soccer player's diet plays a big part in what they achieve out on the field. Here is a guide to what to eat and drink.
What You Need to Know about Free Kicks and...
An explanation of why referees award direct free kicks, indirect free kicks, and penalty kicks and what constitutes a foul in soccer.
The Ballon d'Or Winners List
A list of Ballon d’Or winners since the inaugural award in 1956.
Meet Portuguese Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo
A look at the career of Portuguese-born midfielder for the Real Madrid club, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
How Teams Qualify For The Champions League
A look at what European teams have to do to get through Champions League qualifying.
What Are All the Positions in Soccer and What...
A description of the various positions on a soccer field, including goalkeeper, defense, midfield and striker.
Highest Paid Soccer Players - 2013
A list of the world's highest paid soccer players, according to Forbes.
Soccer 101: Basic Equipment
Soccer requires much less equipment than most sports, with correct footwear being the only absolute necessity. The idea is to keep your gear light in order to allow for the widest possible range of movement and comfort over the whole 90 minutes. Here is a quick guide to what you will need to wear from head to toe.
What is the 4-4-2 Formation in Soccer and How...
The 4-4-2 formation - A guide to the common soccer game plan
Most Expensive Soccer Players
The ten most expensive soccer players in history, a list topped by Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale who moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for €100 million in September 2013.
How to Play the 4-2-3-1 Formation in Soccer
The 4-2-3-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
What All 4 Officials Do on The Soccer Field
A description of each of the four officials' functions during the course of a soccer match, from the referee, to the linesman, and the fourth official.
How to Attack in Soccer Using the 4-3-3 Formation
The Attacking 4-3-3 Formation - A Guide to the Offensive Soccer Game Plan
The World's 10 Best Soccer Playmakers
A playmaker operates in midfield or advanced midfield and dictates the tempo of a match with his passing and dribbling skills. Here's 10 of the best.
Eden Hazard - one of the game's best wingers
Eden Hazard Profile - A Look At The Career of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard
The About Soccer Glossary
A soccer glossary including rules, positions and equipment.
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich & Netherlands)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 2.
What is Futsal?
The game of futsal has existed for centuries and this article explains all about the history, rules and equipment needed to play the sport.
FIFA's 10 Best National Soccer Teams
The best soccer teams in the world according to the official Fifa ranking.
10 Soccer Websites That Will Leave You Wanting...
From skysports.com to Sports Illustrated, via the BBC, a look at 10 of the best soccer websites on the internet.
Who Are The Top 10 Barcelona Players of All Time?
A look at 10 of the best Barcelona players to have donned the famous blaugrana shirt.
The 4-5-1 Formation
The 4-5-1 formation - A guide to the soccer game plan
World Soccer's Top 10 Defensive Midfielders
Best defensive midfielders - A look at 10 of the world's best defensive midfielders.
Explained: The Champions League Format
The UEFA Champions League is widely considered to be the world’s premier club competition. Here is an explanation of the format of the tournament.
Ten of the best central midfielders
The game is blessed with some great central midfielders and here are 10 of the very best.
Why Ajax vs Feyenoord is the Biggest Soccer...
A look at the history of Ajax vs Feyenoord rivalry in Holland.
How Many Players Are There in a Soccer Match?
The Number of Players in a Soccer Match
Learn About Diego Maradona's "Hand of God"...
The story behind Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter finals.
What Makes Real Madrid 1 of World Soccer’...
A club profile including Real Madrid history, with squad and quick facts.
Improve Your Long and Short Passing In Soccer
Passing in soccer is a key skill and one of the first things a young player learns as he/she is making their first steps in the game.
The Top 5 Soccer Magazines
It’s unhealthy to be sitting in front of a computer screen 24-7, so here is a list of the best soccer magazines available.
The Andres Escobar Shooting
The Andres Escobar murder and how his fate was linked to drug baron Pablo Escobar.
Why Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is So Confident
This Arsene Wenger profile looks back on his career, achievements and philosophies.
Defensive Gameplan: The Offside Trap
Properly executed, the offside trap allows defenders to win the ball back without having to make so much as a tackle.
Lionel Messi: The Player From Another Planet
Who Is Lionel Messi? The best soccer player in the world is now the highest goalscorer in Spanish league history, having broken the record in 2014
Understanding the Premier League
A quick guide to the Premier League, how it works, and what to watch for in the league table.
Who made FIFA's 2014 team of the year?
The FIFA/FIFPro World team of 2014 was announced at the Ballon d'Or gala and featured a couple of surprise selections.
Get the Facts on Soccer Star Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A Look At The Career of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
What Makes Manchester United Such a Dominant...
A profile of Manchester United with history and quick facts.
Player Comparison: Messi and Neymar
They may play for the same club, but with two such exquisite talents as Lionel Messi and Neymar it is too much of a temptation not to compare them.
The FA Cup Winners List
The FA Cup winners list going back to 1872 when the competition was formed.
Was Brazilian Soccer Legend Pele The Best Ever?
Pele Profile - The Career of Brazil Striker Pele, Regarded As The Best Soccer Player Ever
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Learn About Soccer's...
A look at the history of El Clásico between Spain's great rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Soccer 101: Throws Ins, Goal Kicks, and Corner...
The different ways the ball is put back into play after it has left the soccer field.
Who Are the 10 Highest Paid Soccer Players In...
A look at the 10 highest paid soccer players in the world.
10 All-Time Best Soccer Players For Real Madrid
A look at 10 of the best Real Madrid players to have donned the famous white shirt.
Get the Facts on Soccer's 5-3-2 Formation
The formation ensures good strength in numbers when defending, and makes it hard for opposition teams to counterattack.
How Will Bosnia fare in their first ever World...
The Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 World Cup squad also featuring analysis, schedule and a player to watch for the tournament.
A Guide to Understanding Spain’s Primera...
Your guide to understanding La Liga rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
Step By Step: The First Touch
The first touch is arguably the most important skill in soccer. Without a good one, you won’t ever have the opportunities to use your other skills because a defender will have already closed in. Unfortunately, the first touch is also one of the most difficult skills to learn — it makes the difference between good players and great ones. While these tips won’t necessarily turn you into Cristiano Ronaldo, they will tell you what you should be looking to do every time the ball comes to you.
How to Find the Best Soccer Boots
A guide to finding the best soccer boots to suit your needs.
Understanding Italy’s Serie A
Your guide to understanding Serie A rules, including format, the points system and the league table.
Top 10 Champions League Goal Scorers
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are now out on their own on the list of record Champions League scorers.
Do the Cristiano Ronaldo Step Over
The Cristiano Ronaldo step over skill is one reason he is such a great player - learn how to do it with this step by step guide.
Love him or hate him? Luis Saurez is one of the...
Luis Suarez - A Look At The Career of Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez.
The 10 most expensive signings in 2014
The ten most expensive soccer players in 2014 feature two huge signings from Spanish clubs and a host of transfers to the English Premier League.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 3.
What is An Offside Penalty in Soccer?
If a player is in an offside position when the ball is played to him or touched by a teammate, he may not become actively involved in the play.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 4.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United &...
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 5.
Who Are the Best Full Backs in World Soccer?
Best full backs - A look at 10 of the world's best full backs.
Celery Throwing: Chelsea Fans' Bizarre Tradition
A look at the strange Chelsea fans' tradition of throwing celery onto the field of play during matches.
How Much Do You Know About Arsenal?
A profile of Arsenal, including history, a breakdown of titles won, last season's top scorer and other key facts.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 9.
5 Fantastic Videos of Soccer Superstar Lionel...
Best Lionel Messi Videos - A Look at Five of the Best Lionel Messi Videos On Youtube
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 6.
Tips on Beating the Goalkeeper
Tips For Strikers in a One-On-One Soccer Situation.
Winners of Soccer's Africa Cup of Nations Since...
A list of the previous Africa Cup of Nations winners shows that Egypt have won the tournament seven times, although there have been 13 other winners.
Pedro (Barcelona & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 8.
Soccer Tips: How to Take an Effective Throw
Learn how to take a throw in soccer.
Who Has Won The Most Copa America Titles?
The inaugural Copa America took place in 1910 and since then the competition has had seven winners. Here is the Copa America winners list.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City & Spain)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 10.
Why Is Soccer Good For You?
If you want to improve your health, take up soccer. A University of Copenhagen study found the physical and social benefits outweigh those of running.
'La Decima' - a Real Madrid Obsession
'La Decima' (meaning 10th in Spanish) is the term used for Real Madrid’s obsession with winning a 10th European Cup.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal & England)
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers. Page 7.
Best Bundesliga Players
German soccer is going from strength-to-strength and is the picture of health. The stadiums are full and the soccer is exciting. Here is a list of 10 of the best Bundesliga players.
Profile: Jose Mourinho
A look at the career of manager Jose Mourinho who has won the league title in four different countries and boasts an impressive Champions League record.
The Video Replay Debate
A look into the debate about the need for video replays in soccer, giving arguments for and against the introduction of technology.
Philipp Lahm - the model professional
Profile of Germany legend Philipp Lahm who has starred for Bayern Munich for almost a decade.
Best Soccer Managers
A look at the best football managers in the world and their achievements.
Who made the About.com 2014 World Cup team of...
The About.com 2014 World Cup team of the tournament. The team lines up in a 4-3-3 formation, but who made the grade?
Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Profile - A Look At The Career of Barcelona Midfielder Xavi
Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta profile - A look at the career of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
Did Lionel Messi deserve the 2014 Golden Ball...
Lionel Messi won the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball after guiding Argentina to the final, but did he deserve the accolade?
Barcelona Club Profile
A profile of Barcelona, the best soccer team in the world.
What Are The Most Popular Formations In Soccer?
A look at five of the most popular soccer formations, including 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, and how they are implemented by coaches.
Ten of the Best Wingers in the World
Best wingers - A look at 10 of the world's best wingers.
Diego Maradona - Genius And Urchin Rolled Into...
A profile of Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona, one of the greatest players ever to have graced the game, but also one of the most controversial.
How Many Goals Has Lionel Messi Scored Against...
A look at the goals Lionel Messi has scored against Real Madrid.
Who are the Real Madrid galácticos?
A look at Florentino Perez's Los galacticos policy at Real Madrid where star players have been signed at great expense.
Messi's Contract Status: How Much Does He Earn...
The lowdown on Lionel Messi's most recent Barcelona contract, including deal length and salary.
How to Take a Direct Curling Free Kick
Free kicks are a valuable route to goal. Learn how to curl a free kick with this step by step guide.
How to Strike a Soccer Shot
A step-by-step guide on how to take a soccer shot.
Profile of Manchester United's Dutch goal-machine
Robin van Persie Profile - The Career of Manchester United Striker Robin van Persie
Defensive Heading
A guide to good technique in defensive football heading.
Where Can I Buy Premier League Tickets?
There are soccer fans all around the world dreaming of experiencing a live English match and this article will tell you where to buy premier league tickets.
Ozil - The World's Assist King?
Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal in September 2013 took many by surprise, not least the player himself, who had declared a week earlier that he was staying at Real Madrid.
David Villa Profile
David Villa Profile - A Look At The Career of Atletico Madrid Striker David Villa
The Soccer Ball
The Soccer Ball. World Soccer.
Legends: Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff Profile - The Career of Argentina Striker Johan Cruyff
What is a Soccer Scout?
A look at the role of the soccer scout who goes to games and analyses players and teams for his club.
Five Goalkeeper Tips
Five goalkeeper tips to help with ball distribution, communication, one on one situations and command of the area.
Free Kicks in Soccer
Free Kicks in Soccer. World Soccer.
What have Chelsea won?
Chelsea roster, with club profile, history and quick facts.
2014 Ballon d'Or - What They Said
Quotes from the 2014 Ballon d'Or ceremony where Cristiano Ronaldo collected the award for the second year running.
Ten of the Best Young Players in Europe
A look at 10 of the top young players currently playing in Europe.
Profile of Barcelona's Brazilian Superstar
Profile of Neymar, already among Brazil's record goalscorers and destined to achieve great things with club and country.
Where Have All The Strikers Gone?
World soccer is failing to produce the great goalscorers it used to, meaning little movement in the transfer market and sky high prices for those who are available.
Taking a look at Messi’s Record Collection
A list of Lionel Messi's records, which include most goals for Barcelona, most goals in a calendar year and most goals in a European season.
La Masia - The Story Behind Barca's Success
The Barcelona academy La Masia is regarded as the best in the world and was the cornerstone of Spain's 2010 World Cup victory.
Parents! Are you helping or hindering your...
This guide shows you how to be a good soccer parent, giving your child the tools they need to progress their game.
Five Classic Cristiano Ronaldo Videos
Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Manchester United as a teenager. These five videos showcase his devastating skills and deadly finishing.
Legends: Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane Profile - The Career of France Playmaker Zinedine Zidane
Ten of the best soccer writers
The media has never been more influential than it is now, and with that in mind, here is a list of ten of the best football writers to grace the print media and internet.
Marc-Vivien Foe's Tragic Death
Marc-Vivien Foe died of a heart condition while playing for Cameroon in 2003 at the age of 28 in one of soccer's great tragedies.
Wall
An explanation of the soccer term wall.
Kaka
Kaka Profile - A Look At The Career of Real Madrid Midfielder Kaka
Rewind: Barcelona's Miserable 2013/14 season
The 2013/14 season was one to forget for Barcelona as the Catalans floundered under Gerardo Martino and Lionel Messi struggled with injury.
Who are the most expensive players in Premier...
In 2014, Angel Di Maria became the most expensive Premier League player in history when he moved from Real Madrid to Manchester United for £59.7 million.
Who Has The Most Assists in Europe?
This table reveals who has provided the most assists in Europe's top five leagues since August 2008, with a familiar name at the top.
Sir Alex Ferguson: One of a Kind
Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in English soccer history, having won 13 Premier League titles before retiring in 2013.
The Calciopoli Scandal Explained
An account of the Calciopoli scandal that rocked Italian soccer in 2006 and saw Juventus stripped of the Serie A title.
Who Has Won Italy's Serie A The Most Times?
A list of the winners and runners-up in the Italian Serie A, dating back to its inception in 1898.
10 Primo Premier League Players
A look at 10 of the Best Premier League Players.
Soccer Essentials: What is the 4-2-3-1 Real...
A look at the Real Madrid formation employed by coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Soccer Facts: Learn About the Arsenal Formation
A look at the Arsenal formation employed by manager Arsene Wenger.
Who Are the Best African Players in European...
A subjective look at 10 of the best football (soccer) players from Africa, along with their home country and the teams they play for.
What Makes Pep Guardiola So Special?
A look at the career of manager Pep Guardiola.
Gianluigi Buffon Profile
Gianluigi Buffon Profile - A Look At The Career of Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
What is the Future for Bale?
Gareth Bale has persistently been linked with a return to the Premier League, but the Welshman has unfinished business at Real Madrid.
How Teams Qualify for Soccer's World Cup
The road to the most popular sporting event on the planet is a long one. The World Cup is not just a 32-team soccer extravaganza, which takes place over the course of roughly four weeks every four years. It is the end product of nearly two years’ worth of qualifying tournaments, preliminary matches, and eliminations.
Who are the World Cup record scorers?
Ronaldo, Miroslav Klose, Pele, the list of World Cup top scorers contains some of the best strikers the game has ever seen.
And the 2015 Ballon d’Or Winners...
Lionel Messi won the 2015 Ballon d'Or award, beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar into first place, while USA midfielder Carli Lloyd won the women's award.
Argentina International Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Photos - A Look at the Career of Lionel Messi in Photos
10 Players to Watch at the World Cup
10 World Cup players to watch ahead of the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The list features a Brazilian, a Frenchman and a South Korean among others.
Who are the Best Arsenal Players in History?
A look at 10 of the best Arsenal players to have donned the famous red and white shirt.
The Bad Soccer Parent
An article detailing five mistakes soccer parents can make.
I Am Zlatan: One Of The Most Entertaining...
A review of I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the autobiography of the famous Swedish soccer player who has played in Holland, Italy, Spain and France.

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