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Domestic leagues are generally the most important to fans, with the major European competitions having a worldwide audience. Brazil might be the spiritual home of the sport but the Spanish and English leagues are two of the most popular leagues worldwide.
Once every four years the World Cup takes center stage, think of it as an all-star event with players representing their respective countries. Soccer is a beautifully simple sport. Scoring is low and it takes a real fan to appreciate the qualities of a game.
Unlike American football ties are quite common. This was at a time when the political tension around independence from English control was reaching another peak.
There are two main Gaelic sports, football and hurling. Gaelic football is not far removed from soccer with the main difference being that players are allowed to handle the ball. Shots scored on net are worth 3 points while anything placed above the crossbar and between the posts is worth 1 point.
Tackling can best be described as robust, certainly harder than soccer but stopping short of the head trampling joy that is rugby and American football.
Australian Rules Football Rugby has always been a popular sport across the world and it is one of the main sports in Australia.
When the ball is kicked over 15 meters players will attempt to jump and catch it. If an attacking player gets the ball cleanly then play continues from that spot and he enjoys an unimpeded kick.
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