The answer to the question "when was soccer invented" isn't as easy to answer as you might think. Sure, the modern version of the game was standardized by the English in the19th century, as they created the first rules for the game of soccer (the Laws of the Game in 1863), the first national team and the first Football Association, a governing body for English soccer that willsoon be copied by many other nations.However, early versions of the game can be traced back to ancient times, with the Chinese playing a rather blunt kicking game back in the second century BC, orwith Mezoamerican cultures practicing a game that was a combination of soccer and basketball. You can read all about the complex history of soccer in this article.
Soccer Balls History
From sewn upclothing filled with rubble in ancient China, to inflated pig bladders in medieval Europe and high tech modern day wonders, the history of soccer balls was in an evolution directly proportional to thegame's popularity. Almost each World Cup brought a new version of the official soccer ball, the latest ones being true forms of technical art, giving the players on the pitch the best way to expresstheir skills. It won’t help YOU with your football skills knowing how soccer balls evolved, but I guarantee it's a fun read.
Origin of the Word Soccer
The football versus soccer fight rages on foryears now and has sparked quite some controversy. If you go to England and mention the word "soccer", you're bound to get at least some raised eyebrows (if you're unlucky, you might even get abruised eyebrow – your own). Similarly (or not quite), if you mention something about football in the United States, everyone will instantly think of American Football, one of the most beloved sports outhere.
As you can see, most of the controversy is sparked from England over the Atlantic, not vice versa. But what few know is that the origin of the word "soccer" actually resides in England and was...