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History of soccer


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History of soccer

  1. 1. ==== ====For Great Soccer Tips and Information Check This ====If you want to understand the history of soccer, you have to admit that for some reason, humanshave a natural urge to kick things. Whether its to release frustration, or simply for fun, we do thiseven without noticing.How many times have you not walked on the street as a kid (and not only), simply kicking thatpebble or cone on the ground in front of you out of boredom. Its this natural urge that stands atthe basis of the history of soccer.-When was soccer invented?When speaking about the history of soccer a lot of people regard England as the place that soccerwas born and although this could be a true statement in a particular context, the truth is that theEnglish were the first to organize soccer around 1863, however they did not "invent" it per say. Soif 1863 is the year the sport got "baptized", then what year was soccer invented and where?Since soccer or soccer-likesports can be traced way back to ancient times, its difficult to pin-pointa specific year, but historians of the phenomenon usually chop it down into 3 periods of time.-History of soccer during ancient timesThey might not have had our modern commodities, but ancient people sure knew how to havetheir fun. And, you guessed, kicking a "ball" around (obviously, the balls were extremelyrudimentary compared to what is used today) was considered a fun activity in many areas allaround the globe, most of them developing at the same time, without interaction from one another.In history of soccer the first written statement regarding the start of soccer comes from a Chinesemilitary manual at around 300 BC, which describes a practice called "cuju" that involved theplayers kicking a leather ball through a hole in a silk cloth stretched between two poles. On theother side of the globe, in the Americas, the Aztecs were playing a similar sport, although somecompare it to basketball more than soccer.The purpose of the game was to kick the ball through a small stone circle that was placed high upon the arenas walls, hence the relation to basketball.Now I dont know about you, but to me it sounds a lot more difficult to place a small leather ballexactly in the middle of a stone circle thats well high above your head with your foot, than strikinga modern "high-tech" ball in an 8 yard goal.- History of soccer during the Middle Ages
  2. 2. We usually think of the medieval era as a time when war was viewed as a necessity and a "job"rather than a calamity. Despite being quite a serious, "dark" period of time, somehow the medievalpeople managed to take some time for some sports, including soccer.The forms of soccer played during this time were obviously incomparable to our current definitionof the sport; hence they are usually classified as "mob soccer".While their dads were off at war, children would often grab a patched up leather ball, hit the nearbyfield and start a "war" on the field. The lack of rules often lead to fights and serious injuries and thesport was regarded as dangerous in many locations.A clear example of this can be found in the London British Museum, where an engraving shows agroup of men struggling to win a leather ball, with a second image showing a man with a brokenarm. You do the math.-Modern-day soccerAs mentioned above, although we dont know when soccer was invented, we do know when it wasorganized as a sport under a clear set of rules. Being a popular practice in England, soccer wasplayed chaotically and oftentimes it would lead to the same on and off-pitch battles similar to theones occurring during medieval soccer matches. On each match, the two teams would agree on aparticular set of rules, but with the lack of a referee arguments would often spark up.In order to keep things in order, a few English clubs met in London on October 26, 1863 in order tocreate a set of well-defined and universal rules for the game.The Football Association was born and although their set of rules did not apply to all clubsimmediately, in a few decades, as soccer clubs switched from amateurism to professionalism,their laws and conduct restrictions became standard for everyone.As you can see, theres really no "right" way to answer the "When was soccer invented?" questionand youll have your fair share of arguments at hand regardless of what period you believe wasthe spark that caused the wildfire that soccer is today.And youll probably agree with me on this: its not really that important to know when soccer wasinvented, but rather acknowledge that we are lucky to be able to enjoy this wonderful sport at itsbest, as we can in modern times.Niv Orlian is the author and the owner of a Soccer Fans website that provides information onvarious topics related to soccer such as the history of soccer, soccer rules, famous soccer players, soccer fundamentals, soccer nutrition and soccer conditioning.Article Source:
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