The History of Football (Association Football)

Also known as Association Football or Soccer, the history of football dates back to more than 2000 years ago. In the United States and Canada, it is popularly known as Soccer. Soccer distinguishes the game from American Football. According to the sources, the first known ball game took place in China. The Chinese called it cuju. Cuju was a round ball that was played on an area of a square.

The Romans, Greece and some parts of Central America also claim to have invented the game. The modern football is credited to the English. Although it was kind of a weird and violent game with no rules, England pioneered the world’s most popular sport, Football. The English ball game started in the 12th century. Apart from kicks, the game also involved fist-punches. Regularly the players flocked the streets of England to play. It was vigorous, violent and sometimes led to death. As a result, it caused damages in the towns which led to its banning. For some time, the sport was forbidden but it re-emerged in the 17th century.

In 1848, the Cambridge rules were set. The new rules influenced the development of subsequent codes, including association football. The mission was to control the unruly game that had gained popularity. In the 1850s, many schools and universities throughout England embraced the game.

In 1863, more efforts to refine the game were introduced. The action led to the formation of the Football Association (FA). A meeting that ended with the first comprehensive set of rules took place. The venue was at the Freemason’s Tavern, Great Queen Street in London.

Did you know that FA Cup is the world’s oldest football competition? FA Cup began in 1872 and it was contested by English teams. The first international match was between England and Scotland which ended up a draw of 0-0.

The laws of football are determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). IFAB was established in 1886, Manchester. Other parties that govern football are the Scottish Football Association, Football Association of Wales, and the Irish Football Association.

In 1904, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was formed. The act was signed by representatives from France, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden. England and other British Countries joined FIFA in the following year.

Today football is played at a professional level all over the world. It is the most popular game. If you are looking for real entertainment, then do not miss a football match! Football attracts over 250 million players regularly from more than 200 countries.

Football is an enjoyable game and promotes peace. If I am not watching it on the SuperSport, I am speculating results across the Live Matches. What is your favorite team in the English Premier League?

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