Today we take a brief look at the early history of football.
Sports involving the use of a ball have been around for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks had a game known as Episkyros while the ancient Romans played a game called Harpastum. The Japanese had Kemari and Australian aborigines played a game called Woggabaliri.
Signs of the game which more resemble modern football can be found in a game called Cuju from China 206 BC to 220 AD. This was a competitive sport where players attempted to put a ball into a net, and importantly, without the use of the hands.
In England, Games that have a resemblance to modern football in can be traced back to 800AD.
By 1848 meetings were taking place to devise a definitive set of rules for what would eventually become known as modern football.
Modern football as we know it today can be traced back to a series of meetings held throughout 1863. The Football Association was formed that year and the laws of the game at that time were ratified.
With a standardised set of rules in place teams were able to hold competitions without dispute, and the modern game of football was born, and began to flourish, into what we know it as today.
Today football is played by approximately 250 million people in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport.
You can read more on the history of football on Wikipedia Here