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What is the origin of soccer football

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Almost every culture has reference to the history of soccer. The Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Ancient Greek, Persian, Viking, and many more played a ball game long before our era. The Chinese, for instance, played "football" games date as far back as 3000 years ago. The Ancient Greeks and the Roman used football games to sharpen warriors for battle. In south and Central America a game called "Tlatchi" once flourished.

But it was in England that soccer/football really begin to take shape. It all started in 1863 in England, when two football association (association football and rugby football) split off on their different course. Their separation became totally irreconcilable when a provision was included in the football rules forbidding any handling of the ball.Therefore, the first Football Association was founded in England.

Only eight years after its foundation, The Football Association already had 50 member clubs. The first football competition in the world was started in the same year. International matches were being staged in Great Britain before football had hardly been heard of in Europe. The first was played in 1872 and was contested by England and Scotland.

After the English Football Association, the next oldest are the Scottish FA (1873), the FA of Wales (1875) and the Irish FA (1880). The spread of football outside of England, mainly due to the British influence abroad, spread to all parts of the world. The next countries to form football associations after the Netherlands and Denmark in 1889 were New Zealand (1891), Argentina (1893), Chile (1895), Switzerland, Belgium (1895), Italy (1898), Germany, Uruguay (both in 1900), Hungary (1901) and Finland (1907). When FIFA was founded in Paris in May 1904 it had seven founder members: France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain (represented by the Madrid FC), Sweden and Switzerland. Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was founded in 1919.


long before our era - a long time ago
for instance - for example
far back as - in (a/the) distant time
ago - in the past
ancient - not recent, something that is in a distant time
sharpen - to make in a specific form
once flourished - (st) was important in a specific era
split off - separate from each other
handling - the act of touching with the hand
therefore - for this reason
to stage - to take place
hardly to be heard - just a few people heard about (st)
contested - played (one team against other)
spread - when something is more and more known
mainly due - specially because
abroad - outside the country
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