The World Cup


History of Soccer Overall

It is believed that the Chinese played a gmae called cuju where they kicked the ball into a goal made out of bamboo canes and silk cloth. Records have traced soccer back 2,000 years. It has been traced back to ancient China, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and parts of Central America. It is believed that it stared in Ancient Greece and Rome because they started playing a game with a ball while using their feet. In ancient times the warriors used soccer for preparation for battle. England turned soccer into what we know today. The English are credited with recording the first official rules of the game. More rules were added on throughout the years. Some of the top players throughout history are Pele from Brazil, Lev Yashin from Russia, and Marco Van Basten from Holland. A lot of people's top favorite players are Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Baggio, Lionel Messi, Michel Platini, and Diego Maradona. The Football Association in England was soccer's first governing body.