# Physics Of Soccer Essay

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Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. So what is soccer? It is a game that is played on a grass field that is about 100-110m long by 64-73m wide. Two teams go against each other and they are each allowed to have 11 players; the purpose of the game is to try and get a ball into a goal which is about 8 feet high and 24 feet wide. The main rules of this game is that the player is not allowed to use their hands or arms. You are currently thinking, how is physics involved in soccer? Just by kicking the ball, all of Newton’s laws take into place, momentum, and friction. Newton’s First Law of Motion says that “an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force; an object at rest will stay at rest unless…show more content…
Friction is another principle that occurs when the soccer ball is slowing down which eventually causes it to stop. Newton’s Second Law states that “the acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on it and inversely proportional to its mass.” The equation for this law is: F = ma. The “F” is the net force, m is mass of an object and a is the acceleration. How does this law apply to soccer? Well when the player kicks the ball, which weighs about 14 to 16 oz., he or she uses force to accelerate it. The third law of motion is that “every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” As the player kicks the ball, both the player and the ball have the same force, also the ball pushes or kicks back at your foot. There is also momentum is basically the object’s mass and velocity. When the ball comes in contact with your foot it has mass and velocity. The topics that were listed did not interest me which made it difficult for me to do the research which is why I decided to do my research project on how there is physics in soccer. Even though I do not play soccer, I have been a fan of it my whole life because of my