Bundesliga's World Football FAQ
What is the World Football FAQ?
What is soccer? What is the Bundesliga? Why is it the world's most popular sport and how is it even played? Navigating the intricacies of the game can be confusing, which is why the Bundesliga is here to help – with a comprehensive FAQ for world football! There is something for everyone, from newcomers to the game all the way through to seasoned experts. For the history buffs among you, we start at the beginning, tracing the roots of the sport and noting its evolution over the years through to the modern age, taking in even the newest developments such as goal-line technology and the video assistant referee. There are also a number of handy explainers, going behind the scenes on why things are the way they are.
What are the rules of soccer?
The offside rule is just a number of regulations you need to be aware of to make sure you’re never caught out in soccer.
How is European soccer structured?
With leagues, cups, promotion, relegation and Champions League qualification all at play, European soccer can appear very complex to an outsider.
How does promotion and relegation work in the Bundesliga?
German professional football employs a distinctive method to determine the clubs to be promoted to and relegated from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.
How does VAR work?
Video Assistant Referee has been used in the Bundesliga for three seasons, but how exactly does it work?
All you need to know about soccer
"Let me get the rules into your head" – Alaba and Kimmich of Bayern Munich know all there is to know about soccer, and soon you can too.
How to play soccer
The basics everybody should know about how easy it is to play soccer.
Soccer positions explained
Know your box-to-box midfielders from your inverted wingers? Allow bundesliga.com to explain...
All you need to know about a soccer field
How big must a soccer field be? What do all the markings mean? What must the pitch be made of? Answers to all those burning questions can be found right here.
What is the difference between soccer and football?
Whether you’re a follower of soccer or football, it's the same game in all but name.
10 things on the Bundesliga
The German Bundesliga is one of the world’s premier soccer leagues, boasting some of the sport’s best teams and players, the highest average attendances in the game and more.
The 10 fastest Bundesliga players of all time
We run the rule of the most jet-heeled players ever to grace Germany's top flight.
List of Bundesliga champions
Twelve clubs have got their hands on the Bundesliga's Meisterschale, with Bayern Munich leading the way with 28 titles.
From goals to titles and even some of the worst runs in history, bundesliga.com looks through the league's record books.
The Bundesliga's all-time top scorers
Robert Lewandowski is into the top three, but who else features in the Bundesliga's all-time top 10 goalscorers?
All your soccer questions answered here
We also touch on the different soccer positions, clearly explaining their role in a team and giving examples of well-known players. Then there are the jerseys themselves: what do the numbers, logos and even the colours mean? For those of you already well-versed in soccer, fear not. We also train our microscope on tactics and formations, providing insight and detail that might otherwise be overlooked. We also get to grips with the nitty-gritty of the rulebook: from handballs to penalties, substitutions and walls at free-kicks, we've got you covered. In short, if you have a question about football, soccer or the Bundesliga, we've got the answers. Just give us a try!