Association Football

Association football is widely known as football soccer and it is claimed to be the most popular sport all over the world.

However, we can see the back history of football soccer and find the first sources citing ball games with similar characteristics that were played by ancient civilizations. The game is played on a rectangular ground of grass or green artificial turf, with a goal in the middle of each of the short ends.

Association Football 2011


During the very old time soccer-like ball game was played in Egypt as a fruitfulness rite, although the rules of the game were alike to those of modern handball, although China invented a leather ball game the century before and it was credited to Fu-Hi, who was not only an discoverer but one of the five great Chinese rulers from the early times.

The Football Associations of Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales today (18th September) unveiled details for a celebration 4 Association Tournament to held in Dublin in Spring 2011.

The opening two matches are planned for February 2011, with four further matches to be played in May 2011. The tournament will be operated on a league basis and will be the perfect opportunity for all four teams to test themselves against their nearest neighbors. With so many connections between the four countries, and bragging rights at stake, this tournament will be sure to grab the attention of fans all over the Ireland and UK.

Thousands of supporters from all over Northern Ireland, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Wales are expected to descend on Dublin for a really exclusive football tournament that will see the neighboring teams fight for the 4 Associations Cup.