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Where And When Was Football Invented?

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The term football refers to a large family of sports that all involve kicking a ball with the foot. There are many different forms of football, but the most popular in the world is Association Football, normally referred to as just "football" or "soccer".

The Ancient Origins of the Footballing Tradition

It is virtually impossible to pinpoint exactly when and where the seeds of the modern game were sown. However there are reliable accounts of games resembling football having been played in both the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations, and also in China, Japan and Korea at about the same time. Furthermore, there is evidence of ball-kicking sports being played by the indigenous peoples of Greenland, the Americas and Australia. These early ball sports all involved kicking a ball in one form or another, and although most of these early forms of football have now died out, it is likely that the Roman Empire spread one of these early ball games throughout Western Europe and the British Isles.

The Invention of Football As We Know It Today   

Football-like games were subsequently popular with working class people around Europe and especially in England, where various forms of football had been played for hundreds of years. The rules of the game were eventually codified in 1848, when the Cambridge Rules were created following a meeting of English public schools at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Following the creation of the Cambridge Rules, other rules were adopted in different parts of England and, in addition, football clubs with no connection to the public schools at all soon began to crop up throughout the English speaking world. Eventually, the increasing number of different forms of football being codified throughout England lead to the establishment  of the Football Association in an attempt to standardize the rules of football throughout England.

The Creation of Association Football

The FA first met in 1863 and, in its attempt to standardize public school football, created a rift which led to some schools leaving the FA and setting up the Rugby Football Association - thus leading directly to the creation of Rugby. The remaining eleven clubs in the FA went on to ratify the original thirteen laws of Association Football, which went on to become standardized throughout England by the end of the 1870s.

In 1904, FIFA was set up in Paris as the governing body of football throughout the world, and it decided to adopt the rules and regulations earlier codified by the English FA. The laws of the game are now determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

Association Football is the most popular sport on the planet and it has been estimated that over 240 million people from more than 200 countries regularly play the 'beautiful game'. Football has the largest global television audience of any sport in the world.

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For a long time many thought modern day football was invented by the English but a book found in Aberdeen written in the 16th Century suggests Scotland has a real claim on this. Its the first book written that details the modern game well before the English claim.

Scotland invented football.
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It actually was started in China, and separately in Rome. The game which the Romans exported throughout the empire must be the game which started off the various versions of football, the Chinese had a game which resembles football and probably much earlier than the Romans, but the Chinese did not export it and were insular in character, the game which the Brits like to claim as their invention was actually invented in Italy, Roman Italy, and exported by the Roman Legions into Briton.
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There is much debate about the origins of the sports game football - which is widely known as "soccer", with American Football being a different kind of game (but borne out of the same concept). Also known as "The Beautiful Game", football attracts a great amount of interest and competition across the world - which has made events such as the World Cup a very exciting time for the nations involved.
It has been suggested that football was played in a basic form in the 12th Century. Some theories show that it originated from Canada - others want to believe that it could only come from the mighty shores of Brazil (but there is little evidence of this). There are also snippets of researched history which suggest forms of the game were played in Ancient China, Greece and Roman eras.

It is proven by historical records that football in England arose in the 1800's, when rugby football and "association" football branched off into two seperate competitive sports. The word "soccer" is a slang translation from the word "association" which derived from the founding of The Football Association in England in 1863.

It is therefore nevertheless not "who" invented football but perhaps when it was made an organised, official sport - and the answer to that would of course be owed to the England FA which was closely followed with the founding of the Scottish, Irish and Welsh FA's.
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Different cultures played soccer like games a long time ago. The earliest variations of soccer like games were played almost 3000 years ago. The soccer type game was traced far back in 1004 B.C. In Japan. Romans were also used to play soccer type game. Two hundred years ago David Wedderburn wrote a book (1633) Vocabula which tells about the foundation of Football Association (FA)  in England. For detailed history, click here
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Oldest leather football: Discovered in Stirling Castle, Scotland.
Oldest pitch markings: Found in Perthshire, Scotland.
First mention of "goalkeeper", to truly differentiate the game from any other ball games: Aberdeen, Scotland.
First football club ever founded: In Edinburgh, Scotland.
First ever international game: Played in Glasgow, Scotland (where England were stunned by the Scots who had produced the passing game. England played a 1-1-8 formation where passing was frowned upon: One player, running with the ball, backed by a horseshoe formation as back up lest he be tackled and lose the ball, being the fashion).

Smaller things along the way include: The first 50,000 crowd, the first 100,000 crowd, heading of the ball, the first all-ticket game, the first ground with turnstiles, the first use of substitutes, the invention of the crossbar, the standardisation of free kicks and half time... All from Scotland.

Add to this, the fact that the English themselves named the Scots players the "Scotch Professors", and you get an idea of which country taught the other.

England standardised the rules, and produced the first FA and league (instigated by a Scotsman), and started the first cup competition (with Queen's Park FC, from Scotland - at the time, the largest and most advanced club in Britain - invited to take part and pay their contribution to the purchasing of the silverware).

Scotland is responsible for the most important footballing firsts.
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The football club registered in Edinburgh in the early 1800's, which is claimed to be the first, was associated with a game that allowed picking the ball up, so it was not affiliated with the game as we know it today. The first clubs to play the modern version of the game originated in England, and it was in England that the rules and structure of the game were first written down and established. So England is the home of Football as is well documented, but the 1872 first international match between England and Scotland, and the Scotish tactics involved undoubtedly played a fundamental part in the development of the game. But that is the history of football ever since it left England, it has been developed and refined by many countries and cultures to create what it is today, the world game. The beautiful game.
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I think it was the romans because if they invented soccer they could invent football
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The original game which is now referred to as football or soccer was "a favorite way of passing the time among Julius Caesar's legions,"  They introduced it to ancient Britons in the middle of the first century BC. According to some chroniclers, when things got really rough, the legions used "the skullsof slaughtered Britons" as balls.

The Romans introduced the first version of the game to many of their colonies, Briton being one of them, along with currency, laws, roads and baths. The rules have changed throughout the years and the game has evolved into many others, such as grid iron, rugby, rugby league etc etc, but it was the Romans who kicked off the game we now know as football.
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Ronald McDonald answered
Modern football as most people know it was invented in
England, however, you will probably encounter Scottish nationalists who will
try to bend the truth in favour of Scotland, variations of football were
claimed to have been invented beforehand by many countries across the world,
but 'football' as it is played today, was invented in England.
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England
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Football was invented in sheffield when two cricketers needed a game to play to keeps them fit inbetween (seasons) of cricket, this is where the first official rule book was invented which can be seen in bramell lanes (hall of fame)
The worlds oldest football club is Sheffield FC which are now an amuteur team.

There you can not get more proof if you don't belive me could down to sheffield and find out
even pele now knows this is where it started.
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And leith athletic were formed in 1887 not 1824
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It was invented in london and was played in the 1700's when the horban farleys were around
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Sorry m8 scotland are the inventers of football the first modern rules were writin in 1663 by a teacher from aberdeen . The oldest football team records belong to a team from leith in edinburgh scotland dating to 1824. The oldest football belonged to MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS R.I.P. And is still in existance. The oldest darby is hibernian fc.of Edinburgh est 1875, Vs heart of midlothian of Edinburgh est 1874. FACT
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Amanda Wells answered
People have played games with a ball through most of recorded history, The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans all had versions of it. For instance. The Romans called it Harpastum. Early English football was very violent and had few rules - it developed gradually but the modern game wasn't invented until 1863. You  can learn more here.
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By Football if one means Soccer as it is more popularly known, then the game is said to have a history dating back thousands of years. There are records of a game called Cuju played in China about 4000 years ago which resembled football in some ways.

In fact there have been mentions of a game somewhat similar to football being played in various parts of the World throughout history. The Greeks, the Romans, the Mexicans, the Japanese and the Eskimos have all played a game involving the use of their legs, a spherical object and in some cases a goalpost at some time or the other in their history.

However, the place that is credited to be the birthplace of modern day Football are the British Isles with records of matches being played between different villages in the middle ages. In fact a recent discovery of a book written by a Scottish teacher, David Wedderburn way back in 1633 describes in detail a match of football played in Aberdeen, Scotland.

According to another story a game closely similar to Rugby was already being played at the Rugby School in 1823 when a player William W Ellis ran the ball into the net thereby giving birth to another form of football better known today as American Football. The date for the start of modern American Football though is said to be 1876, invented by a man named Walter Camp who had supposedly heard the Ellis story.
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No. I dont think you are telling the truth liar!
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NO Walter Camp invented the sport and it was not William W Ellis it was William W Ellis who ran with the ball while playing soccer Camp saw William kick the ball then run with it
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Liar!!!!! Liar!!!!!! Liar!!!! Liar!!!!!!!
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Meta Forrest answered
No one person invented football. It was mostly played by bored army men in the medieval ages, who used to kick about, rolled up rags and even mens/ladies heads. .

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