Soccer has been passed down from generation to generation.
The ancient Greeks had a game called Harpasturm. By any meanings, a ball was moved over lines located at opposite ends of the field.
Soccer is attributed to such widely separated places as Ireland,Greece,England and Rome . Soccer was first known in Britain as Association Football. This was shortened to A-SOC and finally to soccer . It was likely that the game developed in several locations. A crudely shaped ball was either hit with the hands or kicked . It was later known as feetball, a rough and rugged kicking game played as a mob sport . Many English monarchs,like Edward II, Elizabeth I,and James I didn't allow their subjects to play the bloody sport because of the complaints of damaged property . It somehow survived through the centuries .
J.C. Thring, an English man from the upper class, drew up the rules and gave the game respectability . The modern version of the game began in England . The game also came to America during colonial time . There was a match for men between Princeton and Rutgers as early as 1869 . Soccer did not gain popularity until after World War I. The game for women was started at the Bryn Mawr College in 1919. The first official women's rules were written in 1927. Soccer is a national sport of 53 countries.
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