In the 1860s, as in most of history with records as far back as 1004 B.C., there were quite a lot of “football” sports in existence being played popularly throughout the world and of course,
England. Many of these
sports had similar rules and eventually, on October 26th, 1863, a group of
teams in England
decided to get together and create a standard set of rules which would be used
at all their matches. They formed the rules for “Association Football”,
with the “Association” distinguishing it from the many other types of football
sports in existence in England,
such as “Rugby Football”. Now British school boys of the day liked to nickname
everything, which is still somewhat common. They also liked to add the
ending “er” to these nicknames. Thus Rugby
was, at that time, popularly called “Rugger”. Association Football was
then much better known as “Assoccer”, which quickly just became “Soccer” and
sometimes “Soccer Football”.
In the beginning, the newly standardized
and Soccer were football sports for “gentlemen”, primarily being played by the
upper echelons of society. However, these two forms of football gradually
spread to the masses, particularly Soccer as Rugby
didn’t really catch on too well with the lower classes. This resulted in
the name switching from “Soccer” and “Association Football”, to just
“Football”; with the first documented case of the sport being called by the singular
term “Football” coming in 1881, 18 years after it was first called simply
“Soccer” or officially “Association Football”.
States, early on the word “Football” was
incorporated in the name for Soccer. The first name of the
league was the “United States Soccer Football Association”. This lasted
about 30 years before it was shortened to simply the “United States Soccer
Federation” in 1975.
The Romans also played several types of Football games, including some that resembled Soccer. One of which was also included in the Roman Olympic Games. This particular version, in the Olympic Games, featured 27 men a side. The game was so rough that 2/3 of the players had to be hospitalized after the game.
The last genuine leather soccer ball used in the World Cup was the Adidas Tango Espana, used in the 1982 World Cup. Shortly thereafter, in 1986, the first fully synthetic World Cup soccer ball was used.
During King Edward’s reign (1307-1327), he had laws passed against the playing of football sports. Anyone caught playing any form of football would be imprisoned, “For as much as there is a great noise in the city caused by hustling over large balls, from which many evils may arise…”
He wasn’t the only British monarch that hated football. Queen Elizabeth the First “had football players jailed for a week, with follow-up church penance”. King Henry IV and Henry VIII also passed laws against football sports.
American Football was originally known in
“Start-Stop Rugby with Padding”… Catchy.
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