Where Did Soccer Originate?

Jesus Gallardo, Carlos Luva, and Eduardo Barron

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in Europe and the Americas. It has an interesting history in the world of sports. Evidence of soccer being played as a sport dates back all the way to China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC.

The Romans and Greeks used to play ball for fun. It is said that early growth of the modern soccer started in England. The first ball used was the head of a Danish brigand (brigand-a member of a gang that ambushes and robs people in forests and mountain). It has been said that during medieval times, soccer used to allow many practices like kicking, punching, biting and shoving.

Sometimes the competition grew fierce and masses got so wild that there were frequent incidents of violence during the game. It is also said that soldiers admired the game so much that they missed archery practice to watch it.

In 1815, a major development took place that made soccer popular in Universities, Colleges, and Schools. The popular English School and Eton College came forth with a set of rules, known as the Cambridge Rules. Football (soccer) was segregated into two groups; some colleges and schools made Rugby rules that allowed tripping, shin kicking and also carrying the ball. These rules were exclusively prohibited as the Cambridge rules.