History of Football

Sports that involve kicking the ball have been around throughout human history; they have been played in many countries and across many cultures. According to FIFA, the earliest known football form for which any scientific evidence has been found date back to around 2nd and 3rd centuries BC in China. A Chinese military manual describes a game called cuju which has strong likeness to the game of football. The modern rules and regulations of association football have been based on the efforts taken during the mid-19th century to standardize to highly disparate forms of football that were played at the various public schools of England. The English history of football roughly begins around the 8th century.

The Cambridge Rules of football were first created at the Cambridge University in the year 1848. These initial rules of football were highly influential in developing the subsequent codes, including the association football. The Cambridge Rules were established in writing at the Trinity College, Cambridge. The meeting for the Cambridge Rules was attended by several representatives who came from Eton, Rugby, Harrow, Shrewsbury and Winchester schools. These rules were, however, not universally accepted. During 1850s, several clubs which were unconnected to universities or schools were formulated all across the English-speaking world for playing all the different forms of football. Some of these clubs created their own unique code of rules, the most notable of which was the Sheffield Football Club, which was created by the former pupils of public school in 1857. This also led to the creation of Sheffield FA in 1867. Another very important code of football rules was devised by John Charles Thring of Uppingham School in the year 1862.

History Of Football All of these ongoing efforts led to the creation of The Football Association in 1863. The Football Association or FA had their first meeting on the 26th October morning in the same year at Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street of London. Charterhouse was the only school that was represented in this meeting. Some more meetings were held between the months of October and December at the Freemason's Tavern which yielded the first ever comprehensive set of football game rules. At the last meeting, the representative from Blackheath who was the first Football Association treasurer pulled out his club from Football Association because two draft rules were removed at the preceding meeting. The first rule permitted a player to run with ball in his hand and the second rule allowed a player to obstruct a player with the ball in hand by hacking; i.e., kicking an opponent player in his shins, holding and tripping. Many other English rugby clubs chose to follow this stance and hence did not join the Football Association. Some of the clubs later left the Football Association and founded the Rugby Football Union in 1871. At this point, the remaining 11 clubs joined under the leadership of Ebenezer Cobb Morley and decided to sanction the original 13 laws of football.