The history of football (soccer) Football (or soccer as the game is called in some parts of the world) has a long history. Football in its current form arose in England in the middle of the 19th century. But alternative versions of the game existed much earlier and are a part of the football history.
History of football (soccer) A sport similar to football (called soccer in the United States and elsewhere) was played 3000 years ago in Japan. Chinese text from 50 BC mentions football-type games between teams from Japan and China. A text dating from 611 AD confirms that football was played in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
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Soccer clubs have existed since the 15th century, but they had no official status, so it is difficult to decide which club was created first. Some historians believe that the oldest soccer team was formed in Edinburgh (1824), but officially the world believes that the oldest soccer club is Sheffield Football Club, which was founded in 1857.
Records trace the history of soccer back more than 2,000 years ago to ancient China. Greece, Rome, and parts of Central America also claim to have started the sport; but it was England that transitioned soccer, or what the British and many other people around the world call “football,” into the game we know today.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is rooted in ancient sports such as Tsu' Chu played in Han Dynasty China and Kemari invented some 500-600 years later in Japan. Similar games existed in ancient Greece and Rome although little details remain of their rules or organisation.
For a history of the origins of football sport, see football. History The early years. Modern football originated in Britain in the 19th century. Since before medieval times, “ folk football” games had been played in towns and villages according to local customs and with a minimum of rules.
Some suggest that the history of soccer dates back as far as 2500 B.C. During this time, the Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese all appear to have partaken in games involving a ball and feet. Most of these games included the use of hands, feet, and even sticks to control a ball.
On December 8 1863, Association Football and Rugby Football finally split into 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.
Soccer’s Beginnings The origin of soccer can be found in every corner of geography and history. The Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Ancient Greek, Persian, Viking, and many more played a ball game long before our era. The Chinese played "football" games date as far back as 3000 years ago. The Ancient Greeks and the Roman used football games to sharpen warriors for battle.
One of the best-known differences between British and American English is the fact that the sport known as football in Great Britain is usually called soccer in the United States. Because the sport originated in England, it is often assumed that soccer is an Americanism. In fact, the word is thoroughly British in origin.