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The History Of Football 23.9.05 One of the earliest examples of a game similar to football existed in ancient China. Documents

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Thomas Colwill The History Of Football 23.9.05 One of the earliest examples of a game similar to football existed in ancient China. Documents reveal that around 200 BC a game called tsu chu (meaning "kick ball") was played with two 30ft high bamboo poles for goals. The greeks also played a form of football as early as 4 BC. The game was known as Pheninda and involved kicking the ball, running with it and handling it a mixture of sports which are all different today. The Romans soon followed the Greeks example and called their game hapastum. This was played on a rectangular field, between two teams who defended the lines which marked the end of the field. The objective of this game was to throw the ball from player to player going forward and eventually throw it beyond the opponents goal line. ...read more.

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In many other places, Shrovetide football lasted until the late 19th century. In the middle part of the 18th century the game was taken up by public schools who invented their own versions of the game. By 1848 the first serious attempts were being made to form some rules for the game. Fifteen years later the Football Association (F.A) was founded. Historical orthodoxy suggests football has been played in England since the 13th century. Back then football was played just for people to riot, there were no rules and unlimited numbers of people and the ball was chased across fields and bogs until it reached one of the villages again. The real starting point of modern football came with the expansion of the public schools and when organised games became a part of the curriculum the sport really took off. ...read more.

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The first winner of the F.A cup was Wanderers who beat the Royal Engineers by 1 goal to 0. Next up was the first international between England and Scotland this soon followed after the first F.A cup. Eventually in 1888 with football spreading vastly the football association decided to set up a league, and in 1892 the second division was formed. This was the day modern football was truly born. The modern game began in England but interest soon spread around Europe and other continents. FIFA was created in France in 1904 as a recognition of this growth on an international level and is the football world's governing body. FIFA launched the olympic football title in 1924 and soon followed by the World Cup in 1930. The first ever womens world cup was held in China in 1991. Now football is played in over 100 countries and played by nearly 250 million people, including 40 million women. The numbers of spectators in the stadiums and of television viewers amount to billions. ...read more.

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