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Soccer The War Game!
Looking Back To Its Origin
by Ray Smith
Believe it or not, but the modern day soccer owes its origin
to the barbarous war mongering nature of human beings.
There is no proper documentation that can state the date and
place of origination of the most popular modern day sportSoccer.
However, depending on the socio-historical facts and data
we can assume that some type of a ball game was played somewhere
in this planet for at least over 3000years now.
The earliest evidence of soccer was found in Kyoto, Japan
where a field marked to play a ball-kicking game was found.
There is also proper documentation that supports the fact
that the Chinese military forces around 2nd and 3rd century
BC (Han Dynasty) played a game that involved kicking a ball
into a small net. This was then an essential skill building
exercise for the armed forces.
Historical evidence also shows that some form of Soccer was
played also by the Greeks and the Romans, however, the primitive
form involved a larger team on each side. At times the team
strength would go up even to around 27 people on each side.
The Greeks were playing four different forms of the ball game,
namely "Episkyros", "Ourania", "Pheninda"
and "Keritizein". Episkyros was the closest to football.
In this 2 equally numbered teams, would try to throw the ball
over the heads of the other team. There was a white line between
the teams and another white line behind each team. Teams would
change the ball often until one of the team is forced behind
the line at their end.
Now, how many of you would believe that the modern day soccer
actually originated as a war game?
Unbelievable, but true! The first Football (as Soccer is called
in Britain) game was played by the locals of east of England,
where they started a game, kicking around the severed head
of a Danish prince whom they have defeated in a war. That
marked the origination of Football as a war game.
After this, for a long time, football was played by rival
towns and villages where the objective was to move the ball
to a predetermined spot. Hundreds of people would take part
in these games and a single game could last a whole day. Punching,
kicking, biting , everything was allowed.
The savage nature of this form of football was not much appreciated
by the rulers and the Royalty took all possible steps to stop
these games. King Edward III of England, passed laws in 1331
to stop the game, he was followed by King James I of Scotland
in 1424. The Queens were not far behind, rather, had a more
strict approach. Queen Elizabeth I of England, enacted laws
that could sentence a football player to jail for a week followed
by penancing in a church.
However, in spite of all their best efforts and intentions
they could not stop the game. It was too popular among the
masses and they loved the game.
The first approach to regularize and give a civilized form
to this game was taken by the famous Eton College of England
in 1815 when they established a set of rules for the games.
These rules were accepted by the other schools, colleges and
universities. Later, in 1848, these rules were further standardized
and a new version was adopted by all the schools, college
and universities. This new set of rules was known as the Cambridge
At this stage, there were actually two set of rules that were
being followed in this game. Some organizations preferred
to follow the rules of the Rugby School, that allowed tripping,
kicking and carrying the ball, whereas the Cambridge rules
prohibited all this methods.
In October, 1863, The Football Association was formed, when
eleven London schools and clubs came together to establish
a single set of rules to administer any football match that
were to be played among them. On 8 December 1863, Association
Football and Rugby Football finally split onto two different
In 1869, these rules were further amended to exclude any handling
of the ball beyond the scope of acceptability and that created
the foundation for the modern day sports maniaSOCCER
About the Author
Ray Smith, by profession a marketing expert is also an authentic
source of sports information. A sports enthusiast and self-motivated
researcher, he is always updated with the latest happenings
in the sports world.
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