How Soccer Has Changed Over The Decades

How Soccer Has Changed Over The Decades

Soccer has dramatically evolved throughout the years since the beginning of this sport. You can see these changes as you watch plays from decades to now. One of the changes that hath happened and often you’ll see is the players who had to keep up with the physical demand while playing. Due to technological advancements, players may seem to keep up with this quick, but, in reality, it increases their complexity. 

Moreover, before soccer became notable for where they are, they firsts go through a fascinating history that has existed in various forms. We can trace back soccer over 2000 years to ancient China. Archaeologists and researchers have found the early versions of soccer on multiple continents. 

The History

The first-ever recorded soccer sport was in 225 BC. The civilization in Han Dynasty played Caju, which means kickball—this game uses a small leather ball and kicks them through a small hole about 15 inches wide. 

During 2500 BC, one of the activities or games that historians also recorded before was kicking a rounded object. But this play was only confirmed in 300 B.C., where ancient citizens played the earliest soccer-like sport. Ancestors like ancient Romans and Ancient Greeks also used to play a ball made of various materials solely using their hands and feet. 

Furthermore, soccer was evident during the 500-600 A.D., where a non-competitive game from Japan appeared. This game was derived from a Chinese Game tsu-chu called kemari, wherein players try to keep the ball afloat without using their hands. 

An immediate forerunner of soccer began in 9th century Britain. It lasted and played in various forms. However, in the 19th century, it was organized and tidied up to make the game uniform. 

During the first soccer form, soccer had a different version from where it originated. But these versions have a common characteristic: to use every part of their bodies, especially hands and feet, to play and play violently. 

They also enlisted the participation of different villages and towns to compete. The problem is that the regulations were a little sloppy and unclear, resulting in violence and injures. It is why many kings and rulers tried to outlaw this game. In 1331, King Edward III of England decided to establish a law prohibiting soccer in England.

The 19th Century Soccer

Working-class communities found out that soccer helped make their kids physically fit and keep them out of trouble, which is why the game was played (as pun first) in the 1800s. As soccer grew more and more popular, players and the England officials evolved this game to its modern format in the 19th century. In 1815, creating a new system of rules marked the start of the phenomenal sports soccer. 

The Impact of the Football Association

The formation of the Football Association in 1863 was amongst the most significant development in soccer history. They established the standard of soccer since they created the formal rules and regulations that are still used. They released their first edition of the Laws of Game in soccer. 

Formation Of FIFA

FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) was founded in 1904 in Paris and other founding countries like Spain, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. They are considered the world governing body of soccer and why soccer became so popular today. 

During this time, the two notable soccer events are the international competition and the world cup. 

International Competition

The International Competition was held at Glasglow, Scotland, in 1872, where at most in front of 4000 spectators.

World Cup

During this time, soccer became a hit—people loved it, and many always wanted to see one. It is why FIFA got inspired and decided to hold a global championship-style event in Uruguay in 1930.  

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