History Of (American) SoccerWritten by: Bailey Wilson, Period 3. Information from FIFA.com.
The history of soccer goes back to as far as 200-300 B.C.E in China, which then called Tsu’ Chu. This version of the game consisted of kicking a small leather ball filled with feathers and hair into a small net fixed on bamboo cranes.
Another form of soccer is fairly newer, ranging from 800-900 B.C.E and is still partially played today. It was Japanese and known as Kemari.
This version was less competitive, and was simpler. The players stood in a relatively small circle, and passed the ball to each other, trying to keep it from the ground. A third version was the Greek “Episkyros.” Few concrete details of this version survive. The Roman “Harpastum” was played with two teams on a field much like a current football field, which was rectangular marked with boundary and a center line.
The players had to try to get the ball over the opposite team’s boundary line. They passed the ball in between teammates, calling for trickery. This version lasted for 700-800 years. There were many other versions, coming from many different places , with many variations.
The evolution of soccer as we know it today came from Britain in the 18th-19th century. There was a large variety of versions in different places, though the game stayed basically the same. The beginning versions of football were more violent, unorganized, and spontaneous. These games had an indefinite number of players. They were often contests between whole villages.
There were few clear rules.The rules of soccer were established in 1863, and the size and weight of the ball was standardized nine years after that. Shrovetide football, which fit into the category of “mob football”, involved an unlimited amount of players with fairly vague rules.
According to one handbook, any means could be used to win other than murder or manslaughter. The history of soccer goes back many years, and is very interesting.