History of Soccer

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History Of Soccer

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A Brief History Of Soccer

The history of soccer reveals that this contemporary game is nearly three thousand years old. Soccer has been played all over the world and there are many older games that hold similarities to the modern understanding of soccer. The roots of soccer are a bit ambiguous, but what is known of the sport suggests that it is a very old game that has evolved over the passage of time. Some historians suggest that the game of soccer is rooted in Japan circa 1004 BCE. At that time there were games played with people who would kick and chase a
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In some instances, observing masses would go wild lending to even more violence.
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During King Edward’s rule in England, there were regulations put into effect that banned anyone from playing soccer. If anyone was caught doing so they risked imprisonment. According to King Edward that the game was far too violent and noisy, that it caused too much chaos, and that when soccer was played, many evils arose. The game was deemed indecent and vulgar. Many of the sheriffs in England at the time ensured the suppression of the game, and later kings and queens also considered the game indecent. Both King Henry the IV and the VIII put laws into effect that disallowed the violent sport. Later, Queen Elizabeth would threaten to put any player of the game in prison for a week’s time and force them to follow up such action with penance through the church. In the early 1680s the sport was officially sanctioned in England. By the 1800s the game grew in popularity so much that there were yearly contests held in middle and northern England. What’s more, the allowance of such gaming did nothing to diminish the violence of the sport. A game held in Derbyshire in the late 1820s revealed that there were lost hats, torn coats, broken heads, and broken skin among players. In 1815 the Eton College devised official rules for the game.

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