Rules of the Game: Within each penalty area, a penalty mark is made 12 yards (11 m) from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them. An arc of a circle with a radius of 10 yards (9.15 m) from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty Rules of the Game: On a soccer field, the two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines.The Oneida Football Club was the first soccer club in America and was formed in 1862.Soccer was first played as an official Olympic competition in 1908. Great Britain won the Gold that year.The first African nation to qualify for the World Cup was Egypt in 1934. The second was Morocco in 1970.