History of Football

Football of History and How it has changed in countires.

The Game


Football has been played over 100s of years. It all began in 1863 in England when rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the Football Association in England was formed. Apprantely in Han Dynasty people called football, Tsu' Chu and it consisted of kicking a leather ball filled with feathers and hair through an opening, measuring only 30-40cm in width, into a small net fixed onto long bamboo canes. The person who was defending the ball (the goalkeeper) could not use his hands back then and had to use feet, chest, back and shoulders. Another form of the game, also originating from the Far East, was the Japanese Kemari, which began some 500-600 years later and is still played today. Standing in a circle, the players had to pass the ball to each other, in a relatively small space, trying not to let it touch the ground.

The Greek 'Episkyros'of which few concrete details survive - was much livelier, as was the Roman 'Harpastum'. The latter was played out with a smaller ball by two teams on a rectangular field marked by boundary lines and a centre line. The objective was to get the ball over the opposition's boundary lines and as players passed it between themselves, trickery was the order of the day. The game remained popular for 700-800 years, but, although the Romans took it to Britain with them, the use of feet was so small as to scarcely be of consequence. http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/history/

How the game has changed from then?

The game has changed so much today than how it use to be played thousands of years ago. These days football still changes and the game gets played more and more differently as better players are coming into the sport and football is improving still these days. I have got pictures of three football players who were world class at one point and still are like Messi, George Best and Pele. Even kits have changed, the footballs they play which have changed i.e. they play with better quality footballs and they don't use tough leather ones no more. They also have better quality boots which have been made by top firms like Nike and Addidas. The amount of pay footballers get these is beyond good, it is too good. Wayne Rooney a Manchester United striker is getting paid £300k a week and he isn't one of the best players, that is far too much incomparisant to what they use to get back in the 1950's.

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