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A Brief History of Football
February 1st, 2019 by admin

The history of the world’s most popular sport spans more than 100 years. It all began in 1170 when a group of youth in England would go to the fields to play a “game of ball.” Aspects of the game can also be traced from a military manual dating back to the second century BC in China. The game was called Tsu’ Chu and it involved kicking a ball filled with hair and feathers. The object of the game was to get the ball into a small net while defending from attacks. According to one variation of the game, a player was not allowed to aim at his/her opponent. Additionally, the player had to use his/her feet, back, chest and shoulders to get the ball to the opponent’s net. The use of hands was not permitted. 

Another form of the game was the Japanese Kemari, which also originated from the Far East about 500-600 years later. Unlike Tsu’ Chu, the sport lacked competitiveness and struggle to possess the ball. With Japanese Kemari, players stood in a circle and passed the ball to each other without letting it touch the ground.

Variations of football have also been documented in the Greek, Egyptian and Roman society. In Rome, the game was played with a small ball and two teams on a rectangular field with a centre line and boundary lines. The object of the game was to get the ball to the opponent’s boundary lines.

The game continued to become popular among players. It also developed in many ways such as flexibility of rules and the number of players on the pitch.


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