No one really knows how soccer came to be. All we know is that football and ball kicking games were played by the Romans and Greeks, though it is said that soccer was first played in England. The first set of rules was developed by the London Football Association in 1863. British sailors brought the game to India, South America, and Europe.
It wasn't until about the 19th century that the game of soccer was brought to the United States. In 1908 soccer was made an Olympic event, and was proven to be internationally popular after World War II.
Although soccer is an international sport it has been slow to gain popularity
in this country. However, soccer is now included in Physical Education
programs in many schools. Also, many local communities have started
youth soccer leagues for children of all ages.