Football | USA World University Games

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  • Football is a sport played between two teams of eleven players, and it is world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field of grass or green artificial turf, with a goal in the middle of each of the short ends. The object of the game is to score by driving the ball into the opposing goal. The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms, while the field players typically use their feet to kick the ball.

    Total days of play :11days


Two events (men, women)


In football, eleven players form one team and try to score points by driving the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only goalkeepers are allowed to touch the ball with their hands from inside the penalty area. Field players use their hands only for throw-in of the game ball which has been carried out of play, and use their feet, head, or torso to maneuver the ball.


Qualification round and knockout competition for men and women.
(determined by the FISU EC, playoffs conducted for all ranking)


In the event of a tie, only final match goes into overtime and all other games go into penalty shootout.


If final match results in a tie, game goes into overtime consisting of two 15 minutes,
game goes into penalty shootout if scores are level after overtime.


Match consists of two halves of 45 minutes each, with 15 minutes halftime break in between.


“Association football” is the official name of the game. It is referred to as “football” or “soccer” in some countries, derived from the “soc” in “association.” It is believed to have originated from a simple ball passing game played in Ancient Greece in 7~6 BC with a ball called “episkyros,” while some say that a similar game was played in Ancient China even before then. The game spread widely throughout the military and was introduced in England by Roman soldiers. This game, called “harpastum” is believed to be the origin of football in England. Football became more structured and began to spread to other parts of the world via foreigners who would take it back to their home countries or via ministers, missionaries, soldiers and merchants. With its growing popularity, the international football body FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) was formed in 1904 and currently has over 200 member countries. Football has been included on the programme of the Olympic Games since 1900, and other international football events include World Cup, Women’s World Cup, and U-20 World Cup.

Football was introduced in Korea by the crew of the British Royal Navy ship “Flying Horse”, which landed at Incheon port in 1882 during the 19th year of King Gojong’s reign. It began to spread widely when a government school in Seoul included the sport on their curriculum in 1904. It began to take form of an official competitive sport with proper equipments under standard international rules in 1920s. The first official football game was held in 1921 and the Korean Football Association was established on May 22, 1928, laying the foundation for the spread and development of soccer in Korea. KFA closed its doors towards the end of the Japanese colonization and reopened on September 4, 1948. Korea also became a member of FIFA the same year and also joined the Asian Football Confederation in 1954.