History<br /><ul><li>Football in England dates back to at least the Middle Ages
First recorded game was in Derby, England in AD 217.</li></ul>Image found at http://www.soccer-fans-info.com/the-history-of-soccer.html<br />
History Part Deux<br />The Cambridge Rules were the first set of known rules drawn up in 1848.<br />The Cambridge rules, if you couldn’t tell by their name, were written at Trinity College in Cambridge.<br />The first international match took place in 1872 between England and Scotland, it ended in a 1-1 draw. <br />Image labeled public domain according to wikipedia.org<br />
How to Play <br /><ul><li>Regularly played on a grassy field that is 120 yards long and 75 yards wide.
Centered on each endline is a goal which is 8 yards wide and 8 feet tall.
A team consists of 11 players (1 goalie and 10 outfield players)
Object of the game is to advance the ball forward and kick it in your opponents’ goal. </li></li></ul><li>Rules<br />Image found at http://photos.codlib.com/category/sports/<br /><ul><li>No hands! (except keepers and throw-ins)
There are more intricate rules applying to tackles.</li></li></ul><li>Equipment<br />http://www.soccerballworld.com/HistoryWCBalls.htm is where image is found<br />-Ball<br />Image found at officialfootballmerchandise.com<br />Shinpads-<br />-Cleats (Boots)<br />Image found at http://www.nike-shoes-blog.com/mercurial-vapor-superfly-fg/<br />
Club Teams<br />Club teams are the teams where the players make their money.<br />More famous clubs would be Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Liverpool, etc.<br />Images found at http://www.thefootballnetwork.net/boards/read/s2.htm?95,10741384<br />
<ul><li>International teams are the teams that the represent whole countries.
Players are chosen to these teams not for money but for the honor to represent their homelands. </li></ul>Images found at http://www.thefootballnetwork.net/boards/read/s2.htm?95,10741384<br />International Teams<br />
Tournaments<br />Some of the more famous tournaments are:<br />World Cup<br />Euro Cup<br />Champions League<br />Olympics<br />Images found at http://www.caughtoffside.com/tag/<br />
World Cup<br /><ul><li>The World Cup is probably the most famous football tournament.
Takes place every four years in random countries.
Decides the best international team in the world from a field of 32 teams. </li></ul>Image from http://www.britishblogs.co.uk/search/champions%20spain/<br />
Euro Cup<br />Similar to the World Cup but only European international teams compete.<br />Happens every 4 years still. <br />
<ul><li>Champions League is a tournament that takes place every year.