How Soccer Got its Start.
Soccer can be traced back to England in the early 1800’s. A number of countries say they can trace soccer back to themselves, but we’re talking about the modern game and the guidelines associated with it. The likelihood that the game originated in ancient times is pretty high.
Another great story involves the beheading of an 8th century Prince of Denmark. The story states that citizens used his head in place of the ball and that’s how the game got its start. They say there were even laws passed to prevent people from playing the game because it resulted in the harm of another individual.
Generally speaking modern soccer can be traced back to England in the 1800’s and was commonly played by wealthy individuals. Soccer then made its way to the common classes when its popularity grew. Soccer was soon adopter by the rest of the world and over time became its most popular sport. Many countries live and die by their soccer clubs.
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The London Football Association was founded in 1863 and formed the games rules throughout Europe. Soon after that professional teams were formed and leagues were born.
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Soccer spread quickly across the world and was played in the Olympics in 1900. When the Olympics finished the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was formed and the World Cup played shortly after in 1930. Now the World Cup is played once every four years.
In the United Stated soccer has never gained the widespread popularity of the rest of the world even though the United States Soccer Federation was formed in 1913.
Just about every other country calls soccer football, but this is confusing to Americans because they have another sport they call football. Soccer is becoming more popular in the US since their world cup team has started playing at a more competitive level.
The sport of soccer is continuously evolving since its inception. Some of the first improvements in the game were to the ball and equipment. Now the soccer balls are made of leather instead of hand sewn wads of cloth and animal bladders.
The invention of rubber led to the creation of rubberized soccer balls in 1855. When FIFA formed they standardized the type of soccer ball that was to be used in regulation play. Today we use inflatable soccer balls that are light enough to be headed without knocking the player unconscious.
Soccer has no signs of slowing down any time soon and actually shows signs of increased popularity. Join the proud tradition of soccer and watch a game.