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Association football, or, in most countries just football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams each consisting of eleven players and is the most popular team sport in the world. It is a ball game played on a rectangular grass field (or occasionally on artificial turf) with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by maneuvering the ball into the opposing team's goal. The predominant feature of the sport is that players other than the goalkeepers may not use their hands or arms to propel the ball in general play. The winner is the team that has scored the most goals at the end of the match.

The sport is known by many names throughout the English-speaking world, although football is perhaps the most common. Other names, such as association football and soccer, are often used to distinguish the game from other codes of football, since the word football may refer to several quite different games.

The game is played at a professional level all over the world and millions of people regularly go to a football stadium to follow their favourite team, whilst millions more avidly watch the game on television. A very large number of people also play football at an amateur level.

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Seattle Sounders FC and Red Bull New York kick-off to start the 2009 MLS season
Seattle Sounders FC is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Seattle that plays its home matches at Qwest Field. It was established in November 2007 as an MLS expansion team. The league's 15th team; Sounders FC played the first match of their inaugural season on March 19, 2009. During their first two seasons every home game was sold out, they set a new MLS record for average match attendance, and they sold the most season tickets in the league. Seattle finished both seasons with a winning record and qualified for the MLS playoffs. In 2009 Sounders FC became the second expansion team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup, and in 2010 became the first ever MLS team to repeat as Open Cup champions. Fans selected the Sounders name for the club through an online poll in 2008, making the Seattle Sounders FC the third Seattle soccer team to bear the moniker.

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Footballer Shaun Goater at a book signing on 26 September 2006
Shaun Goater MBE (born 25 February 1970 in Hamilton, Bermuda) is a footballer who played as a striker for a number of English clubs in the 1990s and 2000s.

Goater's first professional club was Manchester United, but he did not reach the first team, making his League debut in 1989 after moving to Rotherham. He played for Rotherham for seven years before moving to Bristol City in 1996. Two years later he moved to Manchester City for a fee of £400,000.

He is most well known for his time at Manchester City, where he scored over 100 goals between 1998 and 2003, finishing as the club's top scorer for four consecutive seasons. After leaving City, Goater had spells with Reading, Coventry and Southend United, before retiring in May 2006.

A former member of the Bermudian national team, Goater returned to Bermuda on retirement, receiving an official welcome from Prime Minister Alex Scott on his arrival. Since 2003, he has organised the annual Shaun Goater Grass-roots Soccer Festival, a football coaching event for children on the islands.

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Map of the world with countries belonging to the CONMEBOL marked
CONMEBOL or CSF (Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol) is the governing body of football in most of South America. Conmebol is part of FIFA and is in charge of all professional football activities in its member countries. The permanent headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay (near Asunción).

The confederation was created on July 9, 1916 with Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile becoming the founder nations and has since expanded to have ten member nations. Among the tournaments conducted by Conmebol are the Copa Libertadores de América and the Copa Sudamericana, both for club teams, and Copa América for men's national teams. The Sudamericano Femenino is the international competition for women.

National team tournaments in 2017

April 27 - May 7 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
May 20 - June 11 FIFA U-20 World Cup
June 17 - July 2 FIFA Confederations Cup
July 7-26 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Jul 16 - Aug 6 UEFA Women's Euro
October 6-28 FIFA U-17 World Cup

International club tournaments in 2017

April 19-26 CONCACAF Champions League finals
April 29 - May 6 OFC Champions League finals
June 3 UEFA Champions League Final
November 18-25 AFC Champions League finals
December 6-16 FIFA Club World Cup

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UEFA-Women's Cup Final 2005 at Potsdam 5.jpg
Credit: commons user David Herrmann

2005 UEFA Women's Cup winners 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam parade with the cup after beating Swedish club Djurgården/Älvsjö 5-1 over two legs. Potsdam went on to appear as losing finalists in the competition the following season.

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If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there.
Brian Clough, on his dislike for long balls

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