His­tory of soc­cer

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SOC­CER is one of the most pop­u­lar sports in Europe and the Amer­i­cas. It has a vivid and in­ter­est­ing his­tory in the world of sports. Early ev­i­dence of soc­cer be­ing played as a sport finds oc­cur­rence in China dur­ing the sec­ond and third cen­turies BC. In China, it was dur­ing the Han dy­nasty that peo­ple drib­bled leather balls by kick­ing it into a small net. Recorded facts also sup­port the fact that Ro­mans and Greeks used to play ball for fun and frolic. Some facts point to Ky­oto in Ja­pan where kick­ing of ball was a pop­u­lar sport.

It is said that early growth of the mod­ern soc­cer started in Eng­land. Some amus­ing facts even men­tion that the first ball used was the head of some Dan­ish brig­and. It is said that dur­ing me­dieval times, the old form of soc­cer used to al­low many ill prac­tices like kick­ing, punch­ing, bit­ing and goug­ing. The main aim was to carry the ball to a tar­get spot. Peo­ple grew so fond of the game that they would throng the field all day long. Some­times the com­pe­ti­tion grew fierce and masses got so wild that there were fre­quent in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence dur­ing the game. It is also said that sol­diers ad­mired the game so much that they missed archery prac­tice to watch it.

King Ed­ward III banned soc­cer in 1365 ow­ing to the grow­ing in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence and mil­i­tary in­dul­gence in the sport. In 1424 King James I of Scot­land also pro­claimed in the Par­lia­ment — “Na man play at the Fute-ball” (No man shall play foot­ball).

When and where ex­actly did soc­cer 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 soc­cer. Mod­ern His­tory of Soc­cer: 18th Cen­tury

On­ward In 1815, a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment took place that made soc­cer pop­u­lar in Uni­ver­si­ties, Col­leges and Schools. The pop­u­lar English School and Eton Col­lege came forth with a set of rules, known as the Cam­bridge Rules. Foot­ball was seg­re­gated into two groups; some col­leges and schools opted for Rugby rules that al­lowed trip­ping, shin kick­ing and also car­ry­ing the ball. Th­ese rules were ex­clu­sively pro­hib­ited as per the Cam­bridge rules.

King Ed­ward III banned soc­cer in 1365, ow­ing to the grow­ing in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence and mil­i­tary in­dul­gence in the sport.

The his­tory of mod­ern-day soc­cer was es­tab­lished in 1863. In Oc­to­ber 1863, eleven rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Lon­don clubs and schools met at the Freema­son’s Tav­ern to set up com­mon fun­da­men­tal rules to con­trol the matches amongst them­selves. The out­come of this meet­ing was the for­ma­tion of the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. In De­cem­ber 1863, the Rugby Foot­ball and As­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball fi­nally split as the sup­port­ers of the Rugby School rules walked out.

Firmly es­tab­lish­ing the foun­da­tion of soc­cer in 1869, the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion strictly banned any kind of han­dling of the ball. Soc­cer’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 or­gan­is­ing the first world cup in Uruguay. The his­tory of soc­cer is rich with events, de­vel­op­ment and its grow­ing craze all over the world. You will find your­self amazed as you learn about dif­fer­ent times of this won­der­ful sport that has held our awe and ad­mi­ra­tion for over 3000 years.

His­tory of soc­cer — World Cup soc­cer An in­ter­na­tional soc­cer gov­ern­ing body Fifa came into ex­is­tence in 1904. The aim of the or­gan­i­sa­tion was to host cham­pi­onship matches be­tween pro­fes­sional leagues from dif­fer­ent na­tions. The Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Fifa) first con­ceived the idea of world cup soc­cer cham­pi­onship as early as 1926. The Fifa pres­i­dent Jules Rimet thought of an event that would fall in be­tween the Olympics. The orig­i­nal idea did not work well ow­ing to the out­stretched host­ing of the win­ter and sum­mer Olympics.

Rimet along with other Fifa rep­re­sen­ta­tives first or­gan­ised the event in 1930. The very first world cup did not even in­clude qual­i­fy­ing rounds. Teams from Europe in­cluded France, Bel­gium, Yu­goslavia and Ro­ma­nia. Other Euro­pean teams com­plained about the dis­tance to Uruguay and re­fused to travel so far.

The orig­i­nal gold tro­phy had the name of Jules Rimet carved on the tro­phy and it was con­tested three times in the 1930s. There were a to­tal of 13 teams in the first world cup. The re­main­ing coun­tries be­sides the host Uruguay were Ar­gentina, Brazil, Bo­livia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Mex­ico and the United States. Due to the Sec­ond World War, the com­pe­ti­tion was put a 12-year long halt.

The first world cup soc­cer match started on July 13, 1930. France de­feated Mex­ico in a game of 4 to 1, paving way for a glo­ri­ous world cup be­gin­ning. Af­ter the war, the Fifa Worl­drld Cup gained world­wide recog­ni­tion as the sole sport­ing event of the new world. The World Cup has been held since 1958 in Europe and the Amer­i­cas. The World Cup Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion in May 1996 made a ma­jor de­ci­sion of se­lect­ing Korea and Ja­pan as co-hosts for the 2002 edi­tion.

A largely male-dom­i­nated sport, women soc­cer has also seen some changes. The first women’s World Cup was held in China in 1991. The US won the cham­pi­onship the first time ever in the his­tory of women soc­cer.

Ever since 1930, the world has wit­nessed only seven dif­fer­ent win­ners in the 16 tour­na­ments held so far far. The Fifa World Cup has seen won­der­ful vic­to­ries and some dra­matic twists such as Eng­land’s de­feat in 1950, North Korea’s loss in Italy in 1966 and Cameroon’s open­ing match de­feat of Ar­gentina in 1990.

Fifa World Cup to­day draws peo­ple from all over the globe. Af­ter so many years, the world cup has seen the best and the worst in the sphere of soc­cer. The soc­cer world stands taller in recog­ni­tion and pop­u­lar­ity with the Fifa World Cup. Soc­cer is the most loved and ad­mired game with a his­tory of over 3000 years. — his­to­ry­of­soc­cer.info

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