Personal Writing Project Tony Liang Teacher: Ms. Natasha Stubbs Grade: 11th B Date: 23-5-2018 Soccer and Basketball are the world’s most popular sports in the actual world. More than 80% percent of the world’s population is practicing these sports. Even though both sports are tremendously interesting and challenging, there are diferences between them. First, Soccer is a sport played by 22 people with a ball and there are 2 teams, each side played by 11 players. The way to know which team has won the game is to see which team scored the most by shooting the ball into the goal that is defended by the goalkeeper. There are various methods to score a point, for example you can score with your head, with both foots, with your chest, basically any part of your body except for your hands. And by this, professional players have scored many astounding goals such as the bicycle kick, scorpion kick, dolphin heading, back heel goal, trivela, among others. After scoring, the only way to maintain an advantage is to defend your own goal. To defend, you may control the ball at your own side or just have possession of the it . Also, by blocking the shoots of the opposite team to your own goal. A soccer team has players of different positions such as: goalkeeper, striker, centre-back, fullbacks, center midfielder, attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, wingers, etc. Essentially, everyone has their own responsibility. Ones are responsible of defending the goal, ones are in charge of taking possession of the ball, others to score, or start an attack then counter-attack. Moreover, none of the players can use their hands while playing on field excluding the goalkeeper, or when the ball is out of the sidelines of the field. Because of these simple, authentic rules, many people in the world enjoy this sport and practice it. You can see kids, juveniles and even adults playing soccer almost everywhere with full passion, joyfulness, and satisfaction. Aside from soccer, another sport practiced by the people is Basketball. It is a game played by 10 people with a ball, 5 people per team, and a plenty subs on the bank to be substituted with the players on field. It’s known to be an easy learned, interesting sport to compete. It's a game that depends a lot on tactics, teamwork, and a smart, genuine coach to lead the team. The way of winning a basketball game is to see which team can score the most in 48 minutes, which is divided into 4 quarters of 12 minutes, by aiming and shooting the ball into the basket, or hoop. But, unlike soccer, there are only two ways to score, either by shooting far away from the hoop; or dunk, score by shooting the ball down through the basket with the hands above the rim. Different from soccer, basketball is a much fast-paced sport; the offense and defense can be changed immediately just in one second. It’s very a delicate sport because even a little mistake that you commit can make you loose the game. But in reality, Soccer is the most popular, diverse sport played by the people around the world. Thus, it’s harder to play soccer than to play basketball, since controlling the ball with your foot fluently is much harder than controlling and dribbling the ball with your hands. A total of 270 million people - or 4% of the world's population participate actively in soccer, while basketball has only 26 million people playing it. And, soccer athletes are much more famous and are easier to recognize by the majority, compared with basketball stars. In my opinion, I would say soccer is a much more challengeable, attractive, fascinating sport; because you can`t enjoy as much as of playing soccer and score some stunning goals than by playing basketball. In conclusion, both soccer and basketball are the greatest sports created humans. Each of them have their unique and interesting parts that attracts most of the people. Without doubt, soccer is more popular since almost every part of the world is playing soccer; meanwhile, basketball is only famous in the America.