Football/Soccer And The Amazing History Surrounding It
Ever wondered about, Football/Soccer And The Amazing History Surrounding It? Historians have documented and described a simple game that involved moving a spherical ball down a field on average 120 yards long and 80 yards wide without the use of the players’ hands. Players can use any other part of the body (feet, head, torso) to move the ball. The point of football/soccer is for a team to get the ball into a goal on the opposite end of the field.
a game in which two opposing teams of 11 players, where each team tries to win by kicking a ball into the other team’s goal:
Chiefly British soccer.
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Football / Soccer, today, is most famous as a minority term for football used mainly in the United States & Canada. The term was coined by the British to differentiate between “Association Football” and Rugby Football
Football/Soccer is universally celebrated for its heritage as the sport of the ordinary man, as much as for the emotional highs and lows it produces every weekend in the streets, parks, pitches, and stadiums all around the world. The game embodies the ‘Theater of Dreams’ with an emphasis on skill and flair with a smattering of occasionally eccentric characters thrown in. Anyone can play, in what is essentially a seismic event that takes place each and every weekend…
It is often forgotten that football/soccer can transcend everything. It can knock down the barriers of language, race, creed or color. Sports competition puts the world on a level playing field and can tear down the fences that exist between us in much the same way as music, literature, and art.
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Football/Soccer is notorious for its untamed, unbridled passion, it’s egalitarian spirit, and also a certain allusive tribalism. The universal appeal of Football/Soccer has made it an absolute spectacle of energy in some of the most amazing sports arenas around the world. Football is enjoyed globally regardless of what country we call home or what religion we believe. Nothing else has quite exhibited the naked equality sports can manifest more than football/soccer.
It has been greatly suggested that the history of football/soccer goes back as far as 5000 B.C. Throughout this time, the Chinese game of Tsu’Chu (Tsu-Chu or Cuju, meaning “kicking the ball”), Which may have been a training exercise for soldiers, was practiced during the Han Dynasty. Egyptians also had a ball game played by young women in Egypt during the age of Baqet III around (2500 BC) as depicted in hieroglyphics of the time. Then we have Ancient Greeks who competed in a similar game entitled Episkyros in (8th century BC)
We also had the Roman game of Harpastum sources indicating that the game was a violent one with players often ending up on the ground, was a possession-based ball game in which each side would attempt to retain possession of a small ball for as long as possible, as all evidence dictates it seemed to have engaged in one form or another something involving one ball and two feet.
Then in the 1800’s, a gathering of clubs met in London to codify a version of the game that involved more usage of the hands—a variant more closely associated with the Rugby School. “From this point onwards the two versions of football/soccer were distinguished by reference to their longer titles, Rugby Football and Association Football (named after the Football Association). “The rugby football game was cut down to ‘rugger,’ whilst “the association football game was also ostensibly, cut down to ‘soccer.’
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The term “the beautiful game” did not originate in football/soccer per say, long before association football was codified in 1863, in fact, the Victorians described billiards, lacrosse, and cricket as such. Then shortly after the formation of the Football Association, Bell’s Life in London published a letter from Rugby School stating that rugby, not football, was “the most beautiful game that science can produce”.
Fast forward to the modern era the earliest example for it in the Oxford English Dictionary is from the title of Pelé’s (Arguably regarded as the greatest footballer of all time!) 1977 autobiography, “My Life And The Beautiful Game”, and so it is Pelé who generally and fittingly is credited with popularizing the justifiably flattering term.
And so in Europe from the middle ages forwards, around the time of the 9th century, whole towns in England would collectively kick around what was a cleverly fashioned pig’s bladder from one location to another.
Varying forms of what was known at the time as “folk football” was played out, in which games pitted two huge and comparatively mob-like teams against each other. These gatherings spread from one corner of a town to the other, with both teams attempting to kick the ball into the other opponent’s goal.
By all accounts, the games were often very low scoring. Basic rules were never enforced, and therefore literally anything was allowed and play most often erupted into violent displays. Shrove Tuesday brought about the biggest games of the year and most matches became quite big social events.
“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”
– Bill Shankley
Without a shadow of a doubt, football/soccer, is unquestionably the most crowd-pleasing sport on the face of the planet. It is played by millions all over the globe and across all continents, and as such as in Brazil, football/soccer adds to each country, unique nationalistic sense of pride. And so every four-year cycle as if religiously brings together numerous nations. This magnetic pulling global gathering is ubiquitously and internationally recognized as the FIFA World Cup, which is quite honestly the most viewed sporting event across the entire planet.
However, Football / Soccer splintered yet again as it began to evolve around the world. The colloquialism “soccer” began to grow in the United States in the early part of the twentieth century, in part to differentiate the game apart from American football, an amalgam of Association Football and Rugby Football.
“I always want more. Whether it’s a goal, or winning a game, I’m never satisfied. ”
~ Lionel Messi
The Emergence of Modern Football / Soccer
The era of Brazilian pre-eminence that ushered in the likes of Garrincha, Pele, Socrates, Falcao, Zico, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Robhino and recently the ever so precocious Neymar destroying all comers especially as amazingly demonstrated at the 1958 World Cup.
The Dutch games approach was the conviction in programming it into youngsters before becoming teenagers in the world-famous Ajax academy, which for many decades was to football what Shaolin Temple was to Kung Fu. At Barcelona Johan Cruyff, the most sublimely gifted footballer the world had seen since the sensational Pele, became a universal icon among his footballing peers for his play-making style with intelligence.
It is arguably suggested that today’s Barcelona FC are the absolute apex of modern era football/soccer today with its tiki-taka, close control, off-the-ball movement, and possession. Football / Soccer has made them not only the most formidable team in the world, but also become the very foundation of the Spanish national team and regarded as the best ranked club in 2018, Messer’s Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Salah: these icons are all as unmistakable on the pitch as are J-Law, Dicaprio, Downey Jr, and Cruise on film.
~ Thierry Henry
Football / Soccer Spreads Worldwide…
It didn’t take long for other European countries to embrace the British love for football/soccer. Leagues started springing up all over the world: the Netherlands and Denmark in 1889, Argentina in 1893, Chile in 1895, Switzerland and Belgium in 1895, Italy in 1898, Germany and Uruguay in 1900, Hungary in 1901, and Finland in 1907. It wasn’t up until 1903 that France formed their own league, even though they had already adopted the British sport long before.
The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) was formally established in Paris in 1904 with seven members, these comprised of Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, with Germany declared its objective to join also the very same day.
In 1930, the first-ever FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay. At this time there were 41 members of FIFA and has remained the absolute greatest of the football/soccer world ever since. Today it boasts over 200 members and the World Cup is one of the biggest events commanding a broadcasting audience of 204 countries on 245 different TV channels.
” Maybe They Hate Me Because I’m To Good.”
~ Cristiano Ronaldo
Short of one-eyed, three legged blue-skinned extra-terrestrials visiting us anytime soon — or humankind landing on one of Jupiter’s moons — the World Cup final is the nearest and closest thing the world has to a unified viewing experience. Essentially attracting a captured audience with an extreme obsession with the “beautiful game” transmitted on screens worldwide with a predicted cumulative viewing audience of 3 Billion plus, literally half the world population. Even the IOC Olympics president said he envies the passion and global obsession that the World Cup possesses…
The World Cup is on a completely another level to any other event, its near-universal appeal can be put down to its sheer simplicity, the rules of football/soccer are very, very simple indeed.
Throughout the world today, there may be nothing that brings humankind together quite like the World Cup, other than sport, only war and catastrophe can create this sort of global unity.
Even for footballing stars such as Pele, Diego Maradona, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Ronaldo and Messi the tournament may arrive only once or twice at the pinnacle of a player’s career, making legends of those whose orbit have the good fortune to coincide with World Cup success.
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~ Paul Pogba
One of the key things of fandom is this yearning, this sense of loss, reveling in failure, and the World Cup seems to naturally appeal to those emotional instincts.
There are numerous benefits to watching football/soccer events like the World Cup, regardless of how your team performs tournaments actually makes people happier by creating a collective event experience that helps us value relationships with family, friends and the world.
Its vastly evident that football/soccer tournaments help create these relationships: people gather together in eager anticipation in pubs, bars, cafes, living rooms, and around giant public screenings a whole nation suddenly caring about the same event. A World Cup is the sort of common project that otherwise barely exists in modern societies today, it is even claimed that suicide rates in many countries fall in World Cup years.
Such is the galvanizing pulling power of such showpiece events, all charting our beloved football/soccer emergence as an all-consuming lovable global spectacle…
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Football/Soccer and the amazing history surrounding it
A Football / Soccer Timeline:
2500 B.C There was possibly a version of a type of ball game played by young women in Egypt during the age of Baqet III, as images of this sport were depicted on his tomb, though there is not much known of this sport except that it was played with a ball.
50 B.C. China’s Tsu Chu players and Japan’s Kemari players were the first to have an “International” game of their versions of soccer, believed to have occurred roughly 50 B.C.. There is a definite date of such a game occurring in 611 A.D.
1331 AD Despite the violence of these celebratory games, they were still popular. This led King Edward III of England to pass laws in 1331 to stop the game
1424 AD King James I of Scotland also passed a law banning the game
1500 AD In Italy they played a game called “Calcio” with teams of 27+ people. The game involved kicking, carrying or passing a ball across a goal line. In 1580, Giovanni Bardi published a set of rules of the game of Calcio.
1572 AD Queen Elizabeth I of England, enacted laws that could sentence a football player to jail for a week followed by penance in a church.
1600 AD In Alaska and Canada the native Eskimos played a game called aqsaqtuk on the ice, using balls stuffed with grass, caribou hair, and moss. One legend tells of two villages playing against each other with goals 10 miles apart.
1605 AD Football/Soccer became legal again in England
1620 AD In North America, native American Indians in the original Jamestown settlement played a game called pasuckuakohowog, meaning “they gather to play ball with the foot.” It was a rough game, played the beach, the field a half-mile wide with goals 1 mile apart, with as many as 1000 players at a time.
1820 AD In the USA, football was played among the North-eastern universities and colleges of Harvard, Princeton, Amherst and Brown.
1848 AD The rules were further standardized and a new version was adopted by all the schools, college and universities, known as the Cambridge Rules.
1862 AD The first football / soccer club formed anywhere outside of England was the Oneida Football Club, Boston USA.
1863 AD October 26 of 1863, the Football Association was formed when eleven London schools and clubs came together at the Freemason’s Tavern to establish a single set of rules to administer any football / soccer match that were to be played among them. On December 8th, 1863, Association Football and Rugby Football finally split onto two different organizations. Later in the year, the first ever soccer match was played on Barnes common at Mortlake, London on 19th December 1863 between Barnes Football Club and Richmond Football Club. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.
1869 AD The Football Association rules were further amended to exclude any handling of the ball.
1872 AD The first official international football/soccer match was played, between the national teams of Scotland and England, played in Glasgow Scotland. The game was played on 30th November 1872, and finished with a 0-0 draw.
1883 AD The four British associations agreed on a uniform code and formed the International Football Association Board.
1885 AD The first international match played by teams outside of Great Britain was between USA and Canada, played in Newark and ended with
Canada winning 1-0.
1888 AD Introduction of the penalty kick.
1900 AD Soccer played at the Olympic Games for the first time.
1904 AD Establishment of FIFA by delegates from France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland at a meeting in Paris on the 21st of May.
1932 AD Football / Soccer was taken off the program for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, due to a controversy between FIFA and the IOC over the definition of amateur and the reluctance of many strong soccer countries to travel the US because of the expense involved.
1991 AD The inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991 in China was won by the United States
1992 AD The competition was formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal.
1996 AD – Major League Soccer (MLS) is introduced as the top USA professional soccer league.
1998 AD – 3 billion people follow World Cup in France.
2009 AD – Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the most expensive player in the world when he came from Manchester United to Real Madrid for £80m.
2018 AD FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup
The Future Of Football / Soccer…
As we rush headlong into the brave new future of Football / Soccer, clubs are approaching £1 billion turnovers, £200 million transfer fees and, stars being paid £1 million a week is now common place and our new reality. Referee’s armed with cans of shaving foam and goal line technology kicking down the doors; it won’t be too long before we have cameras on player’s shirts and interaction via smart phones, really how far away are we from robot football players?
Who remembers 2011’s DreamWorks Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, the boxing robots, not so outlandish is it? Times will change, football / soccer will change, but the crowds however they will probably stay the same, hungry for more drama and excitement.
It’s about the money always will be, with the sponsors, sportswear, tech and broadcast companies all awash with money, the math is simple for these conglomerates. Only a small fraction of fans supporting global super club brands are truly able to attend games on match day, with so much money available from making fans feel they are part of a ‘bona fide’ experience.
The experts rightly predict that the future forecast for football / soccer, is clear and sunny blue sky’s ahead boom times are here to stay people…
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