The Discovery of Soccer

By: Kelsey Cerva

Rules and Regulations:

The rules and regulations are normally update yearly through the IFAB. The SSC states “There are 8 people total on this board, four people being international professionals from FIFA and the other four from either England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales because they’re associated with FIFA” (Sect.1). The rules created by FIFA are usually modified by national and regional leagues and organizations. These laws include the field of play, the ball, the number of players, the players’ equipment, The referee, the assistant referees, the duration of the match, the start and restart of play, the ball in and out of play, the method of scoring, offside, fouls and misconduct, free kicks, the penalty kick, the throw-in, the goal kick, and the corner kick. (SSC Sect. 1-17).

Famous Players:

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, best know as Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of the most well-known and greatest soccer players of his generation. He was born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Portugal. Jack Rollin says “The reason why Ronaldo was added to his name was in honor of his father’s favorite movie actor, Ronald Reagan and was also the U.S. president when Cristiano was born” (Par. 2). He was diagnosed with a heart disease but later on recovered from having surgery (Rollins Par. 2). At the age of 18, he was signed with Manchester United and became an instant sensation in soccer (Rollins Par. 4). The best season he played was in 2007-08 when he made 42 League and Cup goals and became Europe’s lead scorer (Rollins Par. 4). Because of this accomplishment, he received a Golden Shoe award, which is big in the soccer world (Rollins Par. 4).

Background of FIFA

FIFA, or the International Federation of Football Association was created in Paris on May 21, 1904. This federation began in Europe and the first meeting to finding this association included the France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland associations (Hayatou Par. 3). It’s not a surprise knowing that football was founded in the United Kingdom. The first football competition that included FIFA was the 1908 Olympics that took place in London (Darby Par. 2). After the Olympics the membership later expanded into South Africa, Argentina, Chile, and the U.S. FIFA then established this thing they called the World Cup in 1930. This took place in Uruguay and is now the biggest single-sporting event in the world (Darby Par.5).