October 10, 2009
History of European Football - Part - II

history-of-european-football-part-iiThe History of Soccer – Birth of the Modern Game

Since soccer was growing strong in English public schools, the idea of having an organized tournament sparked in the 19th century. At the beginning of the century, soccer matches between schools were played on a regular basis, but since not every school had the same rules, it was hard to find common grounds for larger tournaments. Soccer also spread beyond the school yard and institutions, factories and other organizations started creating their own teams.

In 1862, a solicitor by the name of Cobb Morley, formed a semi-professional soccer club in Barnes, called the Barnes Club. Seeing that the game needs more organization if it were to be played properly, he suggested creating a governing body for soccer in a local newspaper and the idea grew roots.

On 26 October, 1863, his idea was put to practice, as the founding members of several soccer clubs around London met in the Freemasons’ Tavern in the English Capital, setting the base for the future organization, who was deemed “Football Association”.

Cobb Morley is rightfully considered the father of soccer, but that’s not just because he was the one to spark the idea of the Football Association. He also drew up the Laws of the Game, probably the most important document in the history of soccer, since it held all the official rules around which the game would be played.

Cobb Morley’s rules were accepted by the Football Association on the 8th of December, 1863 and have since stood as the game’s constitution, although they were slightly modified throughout time to meet the needs of modern soccer.

The History of Soccer – Engulfing Earth

It only took around 3 decades after the first official rules of soccer were laid down by Cobb Morley and the English Football Association and the game was already wide spread throughout Europe, Australia and the Americas.

The first national teams were formed at the brink of the 20th century and national leagues were popping up all over the World.

By the 1930s, many of the European and American nations were already part of an international soccer governing body called FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations).

Although not everyone joined FIFA as soon as it was formed, throughout time, countries started seeing the benefits of an international governing body for soccer and got in.

Despite its romantic advance in the 19th century, we’re currently living the best days in the history of soccer. Today, soccer is truly an international sport and it’s statistically proven to be the most popular game in the World, being enjoyed by almost 3 billion people world wide, on all continents.

The World Cup, a tournament organized by FIFA every four years, is considered one of the most important international tournaments, together with the Olympics.

Not all countries will participate in a World Cup though, as reaching the final stages of the tournament requires going through a tough qualification process that each continent organizes separately. — www.soccer-fans-info.com

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