The Sports History of Soccer.
The history of modern soccer can be traced back to England in the 1800’s. Numerous countries and cultures claim they created soccer long before this time, but we are talking about the modern sport including the rules and guidelines. It’s likely that there are many various forms of the game dating back to ancient times.
One of the most interesting stories involves the beheading of the 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 modern soccer can be traced back to England in the 1800’s and it was played by the wealthy upper class. 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 is responsible for the formation of game rules. Soon after that professional teams were formed and leagues were born.
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Soccer spread quickly across the world and soon it 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. We now compete in the World Cup 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.
Almost every country in the world calls the sport football, but this is confusing to Americans as they already have a sport called 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 evolved a great deal in the past century. Some of the first improvements in the game were to the ball and equipment. Soccer balls are now made of leather and not animal bladders and hand sewn wads of cloth.
Robber was invented in the 1800’s and led to the invention of rubber soccer balls. After FIFA was formed they standardized the type of ball that was to be used in regulation soccer. We now use lighter inflatable soccer balls that won’t knock a player unconscious when heading.
Soccer has no signs of slowing down and is only becoming more popular around the world. Begin a proud tradition and get involved in a league or watch a game.