HIstory Of Football
Inspired by Coach Baxter :-)
Back In The Day
Here you see a player on one team with the ball running while a defender on the opposite team chases his down.
You were allowed to throw the ball to move it, as well as running.
If the ball is on the ground then it can be recovered by either team.
Football didn’t really begin to take on any consistency of rules or boundaries until it was picked up as a sport in the seven major public schools of England in the early 1800’s. Six of the seven schools were playing the same game at a large scale. The schools included Eton, Harrow and Winchester. The seventh, Rugby School (founded in 1567) was playing a quite noticeably different version of football.
The other schools moved ahead and started editing their rules and eventually their game became known as "association football" or soccer, which was played back then much as it is today. Rugby School went in a different direction. How and why the game developed differently at Rugby School appears to have been lost in history, but what is known is that by the 1830's, running with the ball at Rugby School was in common use and 18 foot goal posts had been added with a crossbar at 10 feet above the ground.
The inclusion of the cross-bar was accompanied by a rule that a goal could only be scored by the ball passing over the bar from a place kick or drop kick. Apparently this was done to make scoring easier from further out and also to avoid the defenders standing in and blocking the mouth of the goal.
Players who were able to pass the ball behind the opponent's goal line were awarded a free kick, the player would make a mark on the goal line and then walk back onto the field of play to a point where a place kick at the goal was possible. There was also an offsides rule used to keep the teams apart. Passing the ball forward was not allowed.
By the mid 1860's British schools and universities had taken up Rugby's game and honored the school by giving the "new football" the name of rugby.
The game soon went trans-Atlantic to America and landed on fertile soil. Where it would develop into the game we all know and love "football."
Soon the AFL was created and turned into the NFL which is the association that most American's watch.
Impacts On Society
Cultural- One big cultural impact that the game of football has on the United States is the use of PED's, off field issues, and payment issues. Some players use Performance Enhancing Drugs to improve their physical abilities, which is illegal. The top two off field issues seen in the NFL is Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse. The NFL has also had a lock out due to players wanting more money.
Political- The most obvious example is the lockout. This mainly happened when players realized the risk they were putting their body at while playing the game. This led to larger salaries and also new rules/penalties.