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Soccer, also known as football, was a Human sport originating on Earth in England in which two teams of eleven players each tried to drive a ball into the others' net by using any body part except the arms or hands. The only player who was allowed to touch or move the ball with their arms or hands was the goalkeeper, who protected the net. He or she could only do so within the confines of their own team's penalty area.
In 2152, the English football team qualified for the World Cup championships. Jonathan Archer shared this information with Malcolm Reed in an attempt to start a conversation with him. Reed, however, did not follow the sport. (ENT: "Minefield")
In 2332, eight-year-old Beverly Crusher had her first crush on an eleven-year-old soccer player named Stefan, which led to her having fantasies about having children, a career, and a happy life. (TNG: "The Host")
In 2353, when Worf was thirteen, he was captain of his school soccer team at Gault colony. The team made it to the championships that year. Near the end of the second half, with the score tied, Worf's team got a corner kick. Worf and one of his opponents, Mikel, both leaped up to head a high-flying ball. Worf successfully scored the goal, however, their heads collided in the process. Mikel's neck was broken and he died the following day. This incident scarred Worf for the rest of his life, showing him that in order to live among Humans he would always have to restrain his emotions and Klingon personality. (DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin...")
One of the most popular soccer players of the mid-24th century was Golanga, until he had to have his knee replaced by a bio-implant in 2366. In response to a question from Vinod about soccer scores for 2370, Benjamin Sisko noted that "he wasn't the same after that." . (DS9: "Paradise")
In 2380, Q set a challenge for the bridge crew of the USS Cerritos by placing them on a giant chess board with elements of several different sports and games. One of those elements was a singing and dancing soccer ball, which taunted the Cerritos crew. (LD: "Veritas")
The same year, Rios and his crewmates used his soccer ball to hide a molecular solvent grenade inside, in an attempt to blow up the Synths' transmitter array at Coppelius Station. (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")