The History of Soccer

Soccer started as training for Chinese soldiers. They used this method to starting in the 3rd century. A military book showed it as balance and speed. There has been a lot of things that has change from the 3rd century to Today.


The main thing that changed it from what it was back then to today is that it expanded to Europe. That is what made it become big. From rules to clothing to positions. Although when it first started as a sport in Europe the rules weren't as strict as today. People kept getting hurt. Not just players but bystanders and and just people that just walk by. The league itself didn't start until 1863 which was the Football Association or the FA. The women's soccer wasn't started until the end of the 19th century.


When they started an actual league they went fast because it was already so popular. Although they couldn't play with out a ball. There are a few different types of balls through the history of soccer.

  1. The Ashbourne Ball, which was the first English type of ball.

  2. The Harrow Ball, which was used in the 1800's for English schools.

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    Harrow Ball

An ancient ball that was used in Japan that would prove you worthy of battle.

  1. Last but not least the ball that we use today that are used in leagues.


The Rules of Soccer

The 2 things you need to know just to play street style is using only your legs and feet unless you're the goalkeeper. The second one is to not try to play dirty. There are other things that you need to know also. I'll start with the different kicks. There of course is the kick off in the beginning of a game. The 2 Different Types of Free Kicks. The First one Is a direct one which happens if after a foul has happened. For a Indirect kick if there is a infringement of a rule. But for both of them the opposing players must be at least 10 yards away from the ball. Penalty kick which happens if you are fouled with in 12 feet of the goal in any direction, in which you kick from a dot twelve feet straight away from the goal. The last one is a corner kick that happens if the defending team puts the ball out of play behind their own goal line. Amateurs of the 19th century believed that they could trick referees if the fake a foul. Most than likely it works. The rest of the rules are more detailed and harder.


Gear

Through out history there have been many different clothes. Usually until a league was invented they would wear whatever they were wearing if they wanted to. Starting in the 7th century there was an Japanese Ritual that when you were performing the ritual you would have to wear an outfit that was made out of silk with a gold brocade. Today there are things that you need to where in soccer to play.

    1. Cleats

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Soccer Cleats

    1. Outfit

    2. Cup

    3. Mouth guard

    4. Shin guard

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Shin Guards

For cleats the purpose of them is that they dig into the ground for making you get up and run fast if you fall. They are also made for kicking in a good position. The outfit that you would need to where is decided by the couch or whatever league that you play for. A cup is to protect you crotch area. A mouth guard is used for you to protect your teeth if you fall and to protect your tongue if you bite on it. Shin guards are used for the protection of your shins. They are made of a special type of foam that is able for you to be comfortable. On the outside of them is a plastic that makes it hard. In the plastic there are rectangular holes that are used to put velcro straps through that go around the lower and upper calve muscle.



USA Soccer of Today

As you have read there has been a lot of change over time. From the type of ball, to the type of gear, to the outfits. But the thing I will mainly be focusing on is the US of A. The International team of the USA was in 1913 as the AFA(American Football Assosiation). In 1948 they changed it to the US Soccer Football Association.


One of the things that started the entire start of soccer in the US is when they used it in college. They first started to play soccer in 1862. The known place that they think it started, what college, was the college of Havard.

Havard
Havard
The rules that they played are different than any of the rules that organizations played.Also the since soccer is the birth thing for rugby and volleyball, Havard is the birth place for college rugby and volleyball.

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rugby ball
volleyball
volleyball


All of the rules that is made official and the last time they made a rule was inbetween the years of 08 and09.

When it went to be a real league in 1913 it basically bacame one of the biggest iconic sports that has ever been made.

For this website I thought that it would be good to have a real soccer player interveiw on this website. This interveiw was me interveiwing ? for this site.

What does soccer mean to you? One of the most amazing sports ever. I've been playing since I was 7 years old. It means a lot to me.

What do you think a rule or 2 you would improve or disprove? Faking a injury because it's a waste of time.

Why did you start? It was a main sport and it was a good way to get in shape and have fun.

Why do you think it is important to play? It's a fun game in my opinion. It is all about sharing and making friends.

Who is your favorite players of all time? Pele, and Diego Mardona.

Is there anything else you want to say about the sport of soccer? I think that it is one of the most famous game in the world because when the Fifa World Cup is played every 4 years all of the world gets together to play.


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