Football history

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The history of football (soocer)

Football or soccer that the game is called in some parts of the world has a long history. The most admitted story goes that the game was developed in England under the 12th century, but earlier variants of the game had been known from China over 2000 years ago and in the Ancient Greece.

It took, however, log time until the game featured became is we know football today and for long time it was no clear distinction between football and rugby. There were also many variations, such as the amount of players in a game, the size of the ball and the length of a match. Proper rules for the game were decided at a meeting in Cambridge 1848. Another milestone for the history of football was in 1863 then the first Football association was formed in England. This also led to a standardization of the size and weight of the ball.

Football clubs have existed since 15th century, but unorganized and without official status. It is therefore hard to decide which the first football club was. Some historians suggest that it was the Foot-Ball Club formed 1824 in Edinburgh. The oldest among professional football clubs is the English club Notts County that was formed in 1862 and still exists today.

The football was in a long time a British concern and it gradually spread to other European countries. The first game that took place outside Europe occurred in Argentina 1867, but it was foreign British workers who were involved and not Argentinean citizens.

As with many things in history women was for a long time excluded. I was not before late 19th century that also women started to play football.



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