Football is one of the most popular sports on earth. It has an interesting history in the world of sports.
When and where exactly did football start is a question that has no precise answer to it. You can easily say that this popular game has been played for more than three thousand years. The nativity of modern-day soccer must be credited to Britain. It was also known as the association football, with Scotland and England being the co-founders of the systematic game of football.
Early evidence of football being played as a sport were found in China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. Recorded facts also support the fact that Romans and Greeks used to play ball for fun. Some facts point to Japan where kicking of ball was a popular sport.
It is said that early growth of the modern football started in England. Some amusing facts even mention that the first ball used was the head of some Danish brigand.
Modern history of football started in the 18th century. In 1815, a major development took place that made football popular in Universities, Colleges and Schools. Football rules were set. In October 1863, eleven representatives from London clubs and schools met and set up common fundamental rules to control the matches amongst themselves. The outcome of this meeting was the formation of the Football Association.
Firmly establishing the foundation of football in 1869, the Football Association strictly banned any kind of handling of the ball. Football’s popularity spread rapidly during the 1800s as British sailors, traders and soldiers introduced the sport to different parts of the globe.
Italians, Austrians and Germans drew to Europe, while Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil adopted the sport in South America. FIFA was established in the year 1904 and by early 1930s, different leagues were operating from various countries. FIFA is credited with organizing the first world cup in Uruguay. The history of football is rich with events, development and its growing craze all over the world.