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A Deep Dive into The Celebrated History of Soccer

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How Was Soccer Invented?

The history of soccer began in the Hun Dynasty of China. It was called Tsu Chu (pronounced cuju), which translates to kicking the ball. Afterward, it went on a global journey and ended up in England.

Meet the First Known Soccer Ball

The Chinese were the first people to create a soccer ball similar to the one used today. They made a 35-centimeter (14-inch) ball and stuffed it with hair and feathers. This ball was gigantic compared to the modern one, but it was spherical.

Greek Soccer

If you think that 250 B.C. was long ago for the history of soccer, you’ll love the Greeks. There were tales of a soccer-like game in ancient Greece in 2,500 B.C. They named their version of soccer Episkyros.

Soccer Comes to England.

Soccer carried on throughout the medieval era and eventually landed in England in the ninth century. The English made a rather horrid initial contribution to the history of soccer.

The Running vs. The Dribbling Game

Two forms of soccer evolved. Players could not handle the ball in the first form, called Elton soccer. People referred to Elton Soccer as the ‘dribbling game.’ The second form of soccer where people could hold the ball was the fondly called running game.

No More Rugby in Soccer

The formation of the football association was, perhaps, the best thing to happen in the history of soccer. They began by forbidding the handling of the ball during gameplay. They also outlawed the devastating shin-kicks that were causing too many injuries. Furthermore, they set a standard size and weight for the ball.

Enter Soccer Clubs

Despite how far soccer had come, it was still remarkably disorganized. Small groups of players remained without official status. Therefore, clubs could not exist.

The Origin of Professional Soccer

By 1871, thousands of spectators were attending soccer matches. The game had become popular enough for clubs to sell tickets to spectators. This commercialization of the game gave the clubs enough money to pay players.

Reasons for the Rapid Growth of Soccer

A confluence of factors helped soccer become as popular as today. Here are some of the most prominent ones.


Many civilizations have come and gone throughout the history of soccer. However, the beautiful game has persevered and matured quite nicely. Today, more than half of the world’s population are soccer fans. I don’t see soccer declining soon because the financial incentive is too alluring.



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