The History of Soccer.
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 the citizens used his head as the ball and that’s how the game was created. They say laws were passed preventing citizens from playing because the sport was created after harm was caused to that 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 love soccer more than anything else.
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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 born and leagues were formed.
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Soccer spread quickly across the world and was played in the Olympics in 1900. After the Olympics the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was formed and the first World Cup competition was held in 1930. We now have this competition 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 right after the Olympics in 1900.
Almost every country in the world calls the sport football, but in the United States they use the term soccer because there’s another sport called football that’s more popular. Soccer is becoming increasingly more popular in the US in recent years.
The sport of soccer has evolved a great deal since the time of its creation. Some of the first improvements in the game were to the ball and equipment. Soccer balls are made of leather and not animal bladders or the hand sewn wads of cloth of the past.
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. We now use lighter inflatable soccer balls that won’t knock a player unconscious when heading.
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.