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Every four years the world erupts with soccer mania. (Source: MGN) Every four years the world erupts with soccer mania. (Source: MGN)
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  • Capela scores 26, Rockets eliminate Wolves with 122-104 win

    Capela scores 26, Rockets eliminate Wolves with 122-104 win

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-04-26 04:31:04 GMT
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    (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith). Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) drives to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, defends during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday...(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith). Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) drives to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, defends during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday...
    Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter to get another lopsided win and eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 122-104...
    Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter to get another lopsided win and eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 122-104 win in Game 5.
  • Shot, save: LeBron bails out Cavs with Game 5 buzzer-beater

    Shot, save: LeBron bails out Cavs with Game 5 buzzer-beater

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 10:20 PM EDT2018-04-26 02:20:29 GMT
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    (AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, celebrates with Cedi Osman, from Turkey, after James shot a game-winning three point shot in the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25...(AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, celebrates with Cedi Osman, from Turkey, after James shot a game-winning three point shot in the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25...
    LeBron blocks shot, hits 3-pointer at buzzer to give Cavs 98-95 win over Pacers.
    LeBron blocks shot, hits 3-pointer at buzzer to give Cavs 98-95 win over Pacers.
  • NCAA begins work of implementing complex basketball reforms

    NCAA begins work of implementing complex basketball reforms

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:58 AM EDT2018-04-25 11:58:52 GMT
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    (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice speaks during a luncheon at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio. College basketball spent an entire season operating amid a federal corruption...(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice speaks during a luncheon at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio. College basketball spent an entire season operating amid a federal corruption...
    A panel tasked with reforming college basketball says the NCAA should work to end the one-and-done era and punish coaches and programs that cheat more harshly.
    A panel tasked with reforming college basketball says the NCAA should work to end the one-and-done era and punish coaches and programs that cheat more harshly.
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  • Toronto van attack throws spotlight on anti-woman vitriol

    Toronto van attack throws spotlight on anti-woman vitriol

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:08 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:08:56 GMT
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    (Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP). Sean O'Keefe and his son Fionn, 16 months, bring flowers to a memorial on Yonge Street Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Toronto, the day after a driver drove a van down sidewalks, striking and killing numerous pedest...(Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press via AP). Sean O'Keefe and his son Fionn, 16 months, bring flowers to a memorial on Yonge Street Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Toronto, the day after a driver drove a van down sidewalks, striking and killing numerous pedest...
    A Facebook message posted before a van plowed onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk is raising the possibility the suspect nursed grudges against women and it has recalled a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of...
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  • Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

    Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

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    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.
  • Kim Jong Un will walk across border for summit with Moon

    Kim Jong Un will walk across border for summit with Moon

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    Seoul says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in will plant a tree together and inspect an honor guard after Kim walks across the border for the leaders' historic summit.
    Seoul says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in will plant a tree together and inspect an honor guard after Kim walks across the border for the leaders' historic summit.
(RNN) - For one month every four years it seems everyone on earth becomes a soccer fan as the FIFA World Cup takes place. Although Team USA lost to Belgium in the knock out round, soccer fever is still high.

The international tournament pits countries against one another to bring out both avid sports fans and national pride.

Spectators enjoy the fanfare and the drama, but some who have jumped on the World Cup bandwagon as the U.S. advanced to the round of 16 may not understand everything happening on the field.

Here's a short guide of frequently asked questions so tournament viewers can keep up.

How long does each game last?

The clock runs continuously in soccer. Each game lasts for two, 45-minute periods with a 15-minute half-time, but almost all games have extra minutes added at the end of the clock thanks to lost time. Allowance for time lost includes anything that makes game play pause, like injuries or water breaks. Extra time is at the discretion of the referee.

What is an offside?

Being offside in soccer means there's no defender between the goalie and an opponent. Any goals made when an opponent is offside don't count. The runners along the sidelines carrying checkered red and orange flags mark the offside line. This rule prevents cherry picking and teams rushing to crowd the opposing nets.

Why do goalies wear different colors?

Goalies can wear any color they want as long as it is different than both their and the opposing team's colors. Goalies are the only player allowed to use their hands.

What counts as out of bounds?

Players can go out of bounds to keep a ball inbounds, but as soon as the ball completely crosses the white line, the team which didn't knock it out gets control of putting it back into play.

Why are referees so powerful?

Referees are almost a third team by themselves in soccer games. Their word is word of law. They run the field with the players, and make their calls as they see them on the field. There is no video playback or time out to spend reviewing calls, and whatever they say goes. Decisions can only be changed before game play resumes.

What is a red card?

Red cards are an automatic ejection of a player. Offenses that warrant a red card are serious fouls, violent conduct, spitting at people, deliberate handballs or using offensive language or gestures. Any player receiving red card is also banned for one additional game. Their team plays the rest of the game with one less player.

What is a yellow card?

Yellow cards mean a player has been cautioned by the referee for unsporting behavior, which can include breaking the rules, delaying play restarts or arguing with the referee. Two yellow cards against one player equals red card.

What are free kicks?

Free kicks are awarded for fouls and other penalties outside the penalty box. Direct free kicks are awarded for penalty fouls and can count for goals if they make it in the net. Indirect free kicks are awarded for non-penalty fouls or other technicalities, and the ball must touch another player before a goal counts.

What are penalty kicks?

Penalty kicks are awarded when a foul warranting a free kick happens inside penalty boxes, which are the big rectangles around the goal. Kickers must kick the ball forward from the penalty line, goalies have to stay on the goal line and the referee helps arrange the players.

How are ties broken?

Once teams hit the round of 16, they are no longer allowed to have a tie game. Games that go past 90 minutes have two additional 15-minute periods. If the game is still tied, it advances to a shootout. Each team has five kicks, and it's a showdown between only one opposing kicker and the goalie. Whichever team gets the most balls in the net wins.

You can check out the World Cup bracket here to keep up with your favorite teams.

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  • FIFA's handling of racism case sparks Russia World Cup fears

    FIFA's handling of racism case sparks Russia World Cup fears

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    FIFA has closed an investigation into a Spain player allegedly racially abusing an England opponent in the Under-17 World Cup final.
    FIFA has closed an investigation into a Spain player allegedly racially abusing an England opponent in the Under-17 World Cup final.
  • Animal rights groups slam bear use at Russian soccer match

    Animal rights groups slam bear use at Russian soccer match

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:20 AM EDT2018-04-17 10:20:05 GMT
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    Animal rights groups have condemned the use of a bear that performed before a Russian soccer match.
    Animal rights groups have condemned the use of a bear that performed before a Russian soccer match.
  • Man City wins Premier League after United loses to West Brom

    Man City wins Premier League after United loses to West Brom

    Sunday, April 15 2018 1:07 PM EDT2018-04-15 17:07:59 GMT
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    (Nick Potts/PA via AP). West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Manchester United during the English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday April 15, 2018.(Nick Potts/PA via AP). West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Manchester United during the English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday April 15, 2018.
    Manchester City won the Premier League title without even playing on Sunday when nearest challenger Manchester United surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to last-place West Bromwich Albion.
    Manchester City won the Premier League title without even playing on Sunday when nearest challenger Manchester United surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to last-place West Bromwich Albion.
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