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How has soccer changed over the years?
Transcript of How has soccer changed over the years?
How did soccer start?
The earliest evidence of soccer being played was seen in Asia nearly 3,000 years ago. In other continents like South America, there seemed to be a game that vaguely resembles modern day soccer. Also, the Greeks and Romans claim that they had created a game very similar to soccer as well. There is evidence of soccer being played in other areas, but not much until it made its way to Europe.
Early Soccer in Europe (around 1000's-1300's)
Soccer eventually made its way to Europe. It was played and enjoyed for over 300 years. In Europe soccer became to look a little like modern day soccer. Without many rules though, it was extremely violent. Many injuries occurred every game, and this upset the higher class.
King Edward wanted to stop this violence, so he banned soccer in England, and it was against the law to play it. Players continued to play as much as they could, and many were imprisoned and punished. Many of the Kings and Queens continued to ban soccer for many of years.
Soccer becomes popular
Finally, soccer became unbanned. In the 1800's schools all over England began to organize teams, and play each other. Tournaments were thought of, but difficult to carry out because the rules varied among areas. To solve this problem, Ebenezer Cobb Morley, who was a founder of a popular soccer club, called many club founders to meet. Together, they developed the official rules of soccer. A few changes have been made to these rules over time, but as of today Ebenezer Cobb Morley is credited for being the founder of soccer.
As soccer went on, it continued to change. Goal kicks were made in 1869, and corner kicks were added 1872. A referee first used a whistle in 1878; this is interesting because official penalties were not made until 1891. A referee used to just stand on the sideline and keep time. There were two umpires that would refer to the ref if they could not decide on something. Eventually, the referee became a single person with the power to eject players, call fouls, give free kicks, and other things that modern day refs do. The umpires became the linemen- today's assistant refs.
The Soccer Ball
What about Modern day soccer?
We cannot forget the soccer ball, without it soccer would not be soccer. The soccer ball went through some extreme changes...
The earliest known soccer ball
Charles Goodyear made this ball in 1855
In the 1900's the soccer ball changed dramatically
Today, soccer is the most watched sport in the world. Official soccer is played with 11 players per team on the field (11v11). Most teams play with a goalie, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. Nearly all colleges have a soccer team, and there are an abundance of professional teams.
Modern Soccer Balls
Soccer Balls today come in all different sizes, colors, brands, and patterns
Modern Soccer Shoes
Typically, players practice in turf shoes
...and play games in cleats
Thanks For Watching!
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