Football is one of, if not the most popular sports game in the world. Tracing its roots back to England, it is now played by children, adults, amateurs, and professionals in pretty much every single country on earth. With football players earning millions a year, and football betting becoming so popular it is almost a sport in itself, its popularity is showing no sign of slowing down. At Sbat football, you can check out a great range of tips and tricks that will help you in your way if you are considering placing a bet on a game whether you are a beginner or a pro.
But how did your favourite game start, what is the history behind it and how did we get to where we are today? Football was invented and developed in the UK and it was first codified in London in 1863. The idea was to unify private school and university games, although there is documented evidence of the game being played since 1581 in Nottinghamshire, although there are some differences between the two. The actual world “football” can actually be traced back to 1409 with a similar word being used in France at around 1314, but England holds the title for being home to the oldest football club and for founding the FA Cup in 1871. By 1888, the first Football league had been formed and it is for these reasons and milestones, that England retains the right to say that they invented the game.
The first set of proper, unified rules was created in 1848 and were referred to as The Cambridge Rules which were then followed by Sheffield F.C’s own set in 1855 and J.C.Thring in 1862. These were all merged together in 1863 when the Football Association was formed although some clubs still used the Sheffield Rules until 1878, whilst some exited the scene altogether and formed Rugby Union. The introduction of the offside rule came in 1866 and the player C.W.Alcock was the first player to ever be ruled offside on March 31st 1866. The oldest football trophy in existence is the Youdan Cup which dates from 1867 and originated in Sheffield and by later that year, the game had been introduced to Paris, France- much to the joy and amusement of the French spectators.
By 1923, the popularity of football had picked up pace and teams were now playing in divisions. Wembley Stadium opened in 1923 and it hosted its first cup final which was played between West Ham United and Bolton.
Tragedy struck in 1958 in the shape of the Munich air disaster when eight players lost their lives, decimating most of the Manchester United team. From the early 60’s onwards, British football passed through a period known as the Golden Age. This signalled the beginning the games modernisation as well as England winning the world cup in 1966 with a controversial win over West Germany, with Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters scoring the winning goals. England are yet to win a World Cup since, much to the disappointment of their loyal fans!
So there is a roundup of the first 100 years of football history, and we hope you found it educational!