One of the most popular sports in the world, football competition at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will see 8 men’s teams compete for gold.  The competition will be held across a number of venues within Baku. Tofig Bahramov Stadium will host the final matches, which is home to the Azerbaijani national football team, Dalgha Arena will host the Semi-Final matches, with Azal Arena and Bayil Arena hosting the group stage matches The football pitches are not exactly the same size in all the venues, but vary between 100m–110m long and 64m–75m wide. The penalty spot at either end is 11m from the goal.

Football was introduced as a medal sport at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games. Great Britain won the men’s gold medal, then successfully defended their title four years later in Stockholm. The sport has featured at every Olympic Games since, except for Los Angeles 1932. The first women’s competition was at Atlanta 1996.

Facts and figures

  • Football originated in China around 476 B.C.
  • Football is the most played and most watched sport on earth.
  • Football players run an average of 9.65 kms during every game.
  • Neil Armstrong originally wanted to take a football to the moon - but NASA deemed it to be un-American.
  • The first live coverage of a football match was shown on television in 1937.
  • It was a practice match Arsenal played at Highbury stadium.

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