The History of Soccer

The History of Soccer

Although known solely as soccer in the United States, football is the more common name used the world around for this popular sport. There are various forms of football that have been noted throughout history and all of which have had an effect on the sport as we know it today. It was originally a popular peasant game as there was not much equipment needed to play, a ball and something that could act as a goal was all a young child would need to have a good time. The more contemporary ideas that we have for soccer or football today come from English public schools during the nineteenth century.As the British Empire expanded so did the popularity of the game. The first league was formed in England, The Football League, in 1888. There are various elements that all forms of football have in common regardless of the country or club they are played within. A few of the common themes are that there are two teams of 11–18 players. A clearly defined area or field on which you can play. Scoring is achieved by moving the ball to the other side of the field and into the opposing sides goal area. And of course, players move the ball by kicking the ball.

Traces of the game go back as far as the Greeks and Romans. They were known to play ball with their feet and there are mentions of these games as far back as 150–215 AD. They most likely were more similar to what is called rugby today, but they are recognized by FIFA as origins to the game we all love today. The soccer or football game that we are all familiar with today is mainly thanks to English public schools. Football was being played through the country in various forms, but it was the school system that made it the organized sport we have all come to know and love. Due to literature found from these schools and men that attended these schools you can clearly see the evolution of the sport into what it is today. They began to codify the game in the late 18th century, for example they created the offside rule which has changed overtime but still has the same principal idea behind it. The sport was taken on by many of the schools because it was a great way to keep the boys fit as well as encourage some healthy competition. And with a more structured format and set rules they would be able to compete against other schools in other areas and follow the same guidelines. As the sport grew in popularity so did sports clubs and foundations. It wasn’t long before there were several sports clubs being created for the new sport. And with that came proper competitions as well. Allowing men to compete against each other and put their skills to the test on a larger stage. And thus, the infamous sport known around the world was born and was spread throughout the lands to become what it is today, the greatest game in the world.

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