Soccer is perhaps the most popular team sport in the world. It is played professionally and by amateurs worldwide. In recent times, soccer players are revered as icons, and international soccer teams sign millions of dollars as endorsement deals.

Soccer is played between two teams, each team consists of 11 players. Both the teams try to net the most goals in the opposite side's goal post. Players use not allowed to use their hands, except for the goalkeeper. The latter can prevent a goal with his hands. Each team tries to prevent the other from scoring, and at the same time tries to score itself. Typically, a soccer match consists of two sessions of 45 minutes each, separated by a 15-minute break, which is called half time. In a match, extra time and penalty shootouts are allowed by the referee, but under certain circumstances in order to decide an undecided match.

Soccer is being played on professional level all over the world. They are generally played in stadiums, where millions of fans watch a match. Professional matches are also telecast on television, and fans can enjoy them even sitting at home. Amateurs also play soccer. According to a survey of the Federation Internationale De Football Association or FIFA (soccer's governing body), in 2001, over 240 million people worldwide in more than 200 countries played the game.

There are six regional confederations are associated with FIFA. They are the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Confederation of African Football (CAF), Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Union of European Football Association (UEFA), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and Confederacion Sudamaricana de Futbal (CONMEBOL representing South America).

Soccer trophies are awarded for all sizes matches, no matter they are being played in local playgrounds or huge stadiums. The World Cup is the most prestigious soccer trophy, organized by FIFA. It takes place every four years. Soccer has also been a part of the Summer Olympics since 1900, except in the 1932 Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles. A women's football tournament has also been included in the Olympics, since 1996.

some of the major international soccer tournaments include, FIFA World Cup, European Championship, UEFA champions league, Copa America, African Nations Cup, CAF Champions League, Asian Cup, AFC champions League, CONCACAF league and championship cups and Oceania Nations Cup. Soccer trophies are made of metal, pewter, gold, silver or other materials. They depict the shape of a soccer ball or a player in action.