History of Soccer

By: Jacelyn Ellinger

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Soccer originated in China around 5000 B.C. - 221 B.C., however the first association was created in England. In China military soldiers would play a game called Tsu Chu which is a lot like soccer. From there more countries also played different variations of soccer.

Development of Name

The name soccer originated in England. England was looking for a name to tell soccer and rugby apart so they came up with "rugged" for rugby and "assoccer" for soccer. They eventually dropped the "a" off of "assoccer" to make it sound fancier. Later when soccer became more popular than rugby England went back to using "football" for soccer because they knew which one it was. We still use soccer so we can distinguish soccer from American football.

History Timeline

5000 B.C. - 221 B.C. -China's military played soccer to pass the time. It involved kicking a ball into a hole without using your hands.

1000 B.C. - Japan played Kemari with a hackysack like ball stuffed with sawdust. Their field was between four trees.

50 B.C. - China played Japan in a game of both versions of soccer.

600 A.D. - 1600 A.D. - Mexico invented the first rubber ball and in their game of soccer they wanted to get the ball through a ring on the wall.

1331 A.D. - 1424 A.D. - Soccer became illegal in England and Scotland during this time.

700 A.D - 1500 A.D. - England played their first games of soccer which were deadly and violent. It was not uncommon for deaths to occur. Italy played calico where you kicked, carried, or passed a ball across the goal line.

1620 A.D. - Native Americans played a game of pasuckuakonowog which is a lot like soccer.

1815 - 1848 - The first rules were made by Eton College of England and then were standardized later.

1862 - The first club outside of England was formed in Boston and named the Oneida Football Club.

1863 - 1869 - Rugby and Soccer associations split and the rules were amended to say you can't touch the ball with your hands.

1872 - England and Scotland played the first international game.

1800s - USA played Canada and the penalty kick was introduced.

1900s - Socer was played in the Olympics. Women's soccer in the USA won the first women's cup and the first women's Olympics.

Equipment Needed

To play soccer you need soccer cleats, long socks, shin guards, a soccerball, a uniform, water, a field, goals, and a team.


In soccer the ball must be a sphere and be 27-28 inches in circumference. The teams must have 11 players and 7 must be on the field and you only have 3 substitutions. You must wear the required uniforms and cleats. The ball is out of play when it crosses the line. You can get a penalty kick if someone commits a foul against you.