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Transcript of Soccer History
Soccer began in England sometime in the middle of the 19th century, organised clubs began to be established in 1855.
Where Did Soccer Start?
Soccer was first played as a sport in China during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. That's up to 4000 years ago!!
Who Invented Soccer?
There are a number of beliefs who invented Soccer. Some say the Chinese did or Greeks, or the Egyptians.
However, it is in England that early growth of modern soccer took place when the first Football Association was founded in 1863.
I think the The First Nations also had to do with Soccer because they would also kick sticks and stuff around and make nets.
Soccer began to spread internationally in the 1870s and by 1880 is had gained followers in Central Europe. In these regions it became exceptionally popular. Other European nations took it up early in the 20th century, established teams, and began to play internationally.
Competition continued to spread to the Middle Eastern and Asian nations, including nations that produced formidable and well-trained players. The World Cup, as sponsored by soccer's governing body, the Federation International Football Association, has been played every four years since 1930. The first women's World Cup match was played in 1971 in Mexico City.
Facts of Soccer
Like basketball soccer has no responsible creator.
There are 265 million soccer players and 5 millions referees worldwide. This is 4% of the world’s population
In 1904 FIFA was created.
Soccer today is the most popular sport and most watched, even more than Hockey.
Soccer has emerged as a modern sport around 1863 in England.
Top 5 Soccer Players
1. Lionel Messi---------------------------
2. Cristiano Ronaldo---------------------
3. Neymar Da Silva Santos Júnior---------
5. Andres Iniesta--------------------
4. Zlatan Ibrahimović---------------
Soccer became an Olympic sport in 1908. The first World Cup was held in 1930.