Nobody knows for
sure where or when soccer started officially. There have been many
claims that it came from the Greeks, Romans, Japanese, and Chinese,
but no one knows for sure.
, there has been evidence of a ball-kicking game earlier than 206 B.C.
There were signs of a lined field, which was used to play some sort of
game. The game used a ball and appeared to be popular. Historians have
discovered that around, 250 B.C. Han military members played some sort
of skill building game. This game involved kicking a ball into a net.
It was originally used for military training, but later became less of
a drill and more of a game. The ancient Celtics and Vikings appeared
to have played a game resembling soccer. However, the game that they
played was not so much a game, but more a mob scene.
game that most closely resembles soccer today was played by the Greeks
and Romans. For them it was called Harpastum. It was also used mainly
for war purposes. However, when the Romans expanded their empire
across the world, they spread Harpastum as well. They brought the game
; however, there is record of a previous ball game being played there
before Harpastum that more closely resembled soccer.
the games played by the ancient civilizations did not resemble soccer
as much as the games that were played in the mid-1550. This was when
rugby and association football (now known as soccer) was first played
by large populations. In the streets, apprentices and farm boys played
rough, violent versions of rugby and associated football. However, it
was not supported by all. High-class political leaders and wealthy
people believed that the games were too savage and violent to be
allowed. Eventually, a law was passed forbidding associated football
and rugby to be played. Priests also claimed that God did not approve
of the game.
the soccer played at this time, was nothing close to what we know of
now. The fields could be as long as towns and the amount of players
could be anywhere from 15-500. It was a violent game that had almost
no rules. Many windows, legs, and other items were broken in the
to the surprise of the politicians, people did not stop playing. Most
people felt that the law could not restrain them from doing something
that they loved. Even God could not hold most people back from playing
the forbidden sports.
in the 1600’s, teams began to form all round. Universities such as
founded their own teams and they participated in leagues. A man who
loved associated football went to
one day, and brought the sport to
as well. Years later, the first organized football game was held in
, hosted by one of the pioneers of collegiate football.
Associated Football began to adapt a set of rules. This made the game
much safer. It enabled people of the middle class to play in it.
People began to accept that the game could not be wild and savage.
Rules were created that required goals and goalposts as well as a
basic length and width for the field. After this change, people of all
races began to play soccer. This allowed soccer to grow rapidly and
eventually it had its own basic rules.
1963 the London Football Association issued a basic set of rules.
Wealthy British subjects created the association to spread the game
throughout the country. After the start of the association,
universities and school began to play soccer too. In 1872, the first
official international match was held between
. After that, in 1888, the first full-time league was created.
1872, an international cup was officially started by the Football
Association. The FA Cup saved the sport from ignominy. Newer, more
inexpensive equipment was promoted such as smooth, round, light balls.
This allowed people other than wealthy gentleman to play the game. At
this time, soccer evolved into the game that we know of today.
world’s first soccer league was created in 1888. A religious
chairman of a club in
, he saved the sport from possibly being forgotten. Soccer began to be
played in schools all over
. Public schools and universities began to play in organized leagues.
The organized leagues set the foundation for many more soccer
innovations to come.
1904, the international organization was formed to promote and play
soccer all over the world. FIFA, as it was called, organized matches
between teams from different nations. Finally, in 1908, soccer was
accepted as a permanent Olympic sport. This brought so much attention
that by the 1930’s soccer became popular enough throughout the world
to successfully organize a world cup.
popular throughout the rest of the world, the
did not play much soccer until 1959, when the NCAA declared soccer an
official college sport. This gave the game a national championship as
well as official games.
continued to grow in
until in 1967; the North American Soccer League was created. This
helped soccer to grow. However, soccer received its biggest boost in
history when Pele joined the New York Cosmos. This team instantly
became amazing and Pele continued to flourish. Over time, Pele led his
, to three international championships. He is often known as the
greatest soccer player in history.
2000, FIFA officially began the FIFA World Cup Championships. This
tournament included teams from all over the globe, including teams
from all the continents (with the exception of
). It was held in
, one of the world’s most soccer loving places. The final was held
between tow Brazilian teams. This helped prove to the world that
soccer is not dominated by the English alone.
first women’s soccer championship came in 1991. This was played in
and was eventually won by the
team. This gave
their first look at soccer, and they loved it. Eight years later, the
championship was held in the
. The opening game shattered a record for most fans viewing a female
sporting event in history. This record was shattered only three weeks
later, when over 90,000 people watch the final game with the
. This game broke the record by over 12,000 people which was set
earlier in the tournament.
changed immensely since the very first days in
over 4,000 years ago. It has overcome bans, rules, and laws against
it. It has gone from a mob sport played by the poor, to a game played
by all. It has been given rules and regulations that help it be more
enjoyable. It has spread from early civilizations to the Greeks and
Romans. From there, it was adapted by the English and Irish. By the
present day, it has evolved into a worldwide event, with its own
league, organization, and media attention. The game of soccer will
continue to grow in the near future, and will step out of the shadow,
and into the spotlight.
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