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Soccer, also known as "football" worldwide, is an 11-a-side game where the object is to score the most goals. It is the world's most popular sport, played in roughly 200 countries. Modern soccer originated in England during the mid-nineteenth century, but evidence suggests that soccer-like games were played in China over 2,000 years ago. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) governs soccer worldwide, including Olympic competitions and the World Cup in which teams from 32 countries compete. FIFA has specific rules for field size and markings. The soccer field must be rectangular and between 50-100 yards wide and 100-130 yards long. Sidelines and end lines define the areas of play. There is a goal at each end, surrounded by netting. The goal is 8 feet high and 24 feet wide. Standard soccer balls are leather with a black and white pattern, although they may be any color; the circumference of a soccer ball is 27-28 inches. The four main positions are goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, and attacker. Three or four defenders, known as fullbacks, are the last line of defense before the goal. Midfield is comprised of three or four halfbacks, which must defend the goal and be on the offensive. Attacking positions are called forwards, and teams usually employ two, three or four forward players.