When Was Soccer Invented?

With about 3.5 billion fans in the world, as compared to Cricket, field hockey, and table tennis which come second, third, and fourth respectively, soccer is considered to be the most popular sport in the world. 

It has a total fan base of about 3.5 billion (of the world’s population), as compared to cricket, field hockey, and table tennis which all have about 2.5 billion fans, 2 billion fans, and 1 billion fans in the world respectively. It is then important for one to know the history of the round leather game, and how it has evolved over the years. 

Here in this article, I will be sharing with you everything that you need to know about the history of soccer including when soccer was invented. So, without further ado, let us proceed.

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Who Invented Soccer?

Soccer, known in most countries as “football” was invented in 1863. 

However, according to the world international football governing body, Federation Internationale de Football Association, known as FIFA, this is only the date that modern soccer was invented, and not the day that the round leather game was founded. 

This is because there is a long history of the game, including evidence that it actually originated from the Chinese military and was known as Tsu’ Chu back then.

History Of Soccer

The history of soccer is quite a very complicated one, and the reason for this is that even if the evidence present points to the fact that football, known in some countries as “soccer” was founded by the Chinese military and was known as Tsu’ Chu, it is still controversial to stress that a lot of persons were still kicking objects around for fun, although it might not have been as modernized as it is today.

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Right from medieval times, there have been a lot of bans on football, with some monarchs seeing it as a priority for the youth to engage in war-like activities than to play soccer. 

It started with King Edward II of England on 13 April 1314 proclaiming the ban on football due to the noise it caused and the other bans by the other monarchs as the years went by.

It was not until 1827 that the Duke of Northumberland provided football lovers with a field to play the game on despite the recent ban on street football in 1818. 

The reason for this was that most times, players damaged people’s property. Going further, in 1863, Ebenezer Morley, one of the football academy coaches, and a few other academy coaches modified football rules.

However, these rules were later reviewed by the world governing body, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) as years went by.

What Country First Invented Soccer?

Soccer was first invented in England. However, there is still some evidence that the game has been around for thousands of years, including evidence that it was played by some Chinese military and was known as Tsu’ Chu.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Old Is The Game Of Soccer?

The game of soccer is very, very old. It is about 159 years. However, this is only the age of modern football.

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When Was Football Invented?

Football was invented in the year 1863. Although there is numerous evidence that it had existed even long before this time.

Who Invented Soccer In 1863?

Soccer was invented in 1963 by a gather of 12 academy coaches who came together to make codified laws that will guide the game.

When Was American Football Invented?

American football, on the other hand, was invented on 17 September 1920. This sport is the major reason why the round leather game of football is called soccer in the United States.

However, most people believe that American football was invented in 1874, during a game between Harvard and the McGill University of Montreal.

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Final Words

Saying that soccer was invented in England still holds water based on the recent development and love for the sport in the region. This is also because the game has attained massive popularity from the way it has been promoted in England. 

Take the English Premier League for example; It is the most popular football league in the world when it comes to club soccer and a significant number of the best players in the world are eager to play in the Premier League.