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.
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.
Shaun Goater MBE
(born 25 February 1970 in Hamilton
) 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.