Football The game that makes millions of hearts throb as their favorite team kick and tackle their way to make maximum goals and reach the top of the table. It is a 90-minute crazy ride of adrenaline rush and emotions. But how and where did it all this madness began?
The history of football dates back to more than 100 years. It all began in England back in 1863. The rugby football and association football had parted their ways to different courses. Thus, the first sport’s governing body was formed.
A stroll down the century reveals that there were hordes of games varying with different techniques of football were played in different parts of the world.
There were parts of the world that played football employing only legs and feet, often without any laws or protection. Other parts of the world played using both hands and legs (referred to as rugby football).
The scientific evidence suggests that this sport was a exercise regime from a military manual dating back to the second and third centuries BC in China.
The similar game was played in Japan as Japanese Kemari. It began some 500600 years back, and is still played today. It’s a sport that lacks the competitive element, with no struggle for possession of the ball. It’s a game in which players stood in small circles with small gaps between them. All they have to do is pass the ball to each other with their feet, trying not to let the ball touch the ground.
The Han Dynasty’s version of football called Tsu’ Chu consisted of kicking a leather ball filled with feathers and hair which had an opening. The ball measured 3040cm in width into small nets (on each side) made of long bamboo canes. This game had did not permit the player to hit the target unimpeded. It allowed the use of chest, back, and shoulders while trying to tackle the attacks from opponents. This was the game closest to football that is played currently. Use of hands were not permitted.
The American football can be traced back to 1892. The purpose of American football carrying the ball in the hands to the opposition’s end and ultimately into their end zone, which is referred to as touchdown. It is achieved by either team running with the ball until tackled or throwing the ball down the filed to a team mate.