The History of Soccer

  • 100

    5000 - 300 BC Tsu - Chu

    5000 - 300 BC Tsu - Chu
    There is evidence in China that military forces around 2nd and 3rd century BC (Han Dynasty) played a game, originally named "Tsu Chu", that involved kicking a leather ball stuffed with fur into a small hole. Like Soccer, no hands were permitted during the play of the game.
  • 110

    2500 BC Egyptian Soccer

    2500 BC Egyptian Soccer
    There was possibly a version of a type of ball game played by young women in Egypt during the age of Baqet III, as images of this sport were depicted on his tomb, though there is not much known of this sport except that it was played with a ball.
  • 120

    1000 BC Kemari

    1000 BC Kemari
    The Japanese version of 'soccer' is was called Kemari, a game much like modern hackysacks, played with two to twelve players, and played a larger ball stuffed with sawdust. There was also a field designated by four trees (cherry, maple, pine and willow).
  • 140

    300 BC Episkyros

    300 BC Episkyros
    In ancient Greece, they played a game called Episkyros, in which two equally numbered teams would try to throw the ball over the heads of the other team. There was a white line between the teams and another white line behind each team. Teams would change the ball often until one of the team is forced behind the line at their end.
  • 200

    50 BC Japan vs China

    50 BC Japan vs China
    China's Tsu Chu players and Japan's Kemari players were the first to have an "International" game of their versions of soccer, believed to have occurred roughly 50 B.C.. There is a definite date of such a game occurring in 611 A.D.
  • Jun 1, 600

    600 - 1600 AD Soccer in Mexico & Central America

    600 - 1600 AD Soccer in  Mexico & Central America
    In Mexico & Central America the rubber ball was created, and used in a game on a recessed court 40-50 feet long shaped like a capital "I". In the middle of each wall, was a mounted stone or wooden ring and the object was to project the hard rubber ball through the ring.
  • Jun 1, 700

    700s Soccer in Britain

    700s Soccer in Britain
    The first Football games played in Britain was played by the locals of east of England, starting after a 'legendary' game that involved kicking around the severed head of a Danish prince that they have defeated in a war. These games were violent, where injury and death were not uncommon
  • Jun 1, 1331

    1331 England Bans Soccer

    1331 England Bans Soccer
    Despite the violence of these games, they were still popular. This led King Edward III of England to pass laws in 1331 to stop the game
  • Jun 1, 1424

    1424 Scotland Bans the Game

    1424 Scotland Bans the Game
    King James I of Scotland also passed a law banning the game
  • Jun 1, 1500

    1500 Italy

    1500 Italy
    In Italy they played a game called "calcio" with teams of 27+ people. The game involved kicking, carrying or passing a ball across a goal line. In 1580, Giovanni Bardi published a set of rules of the game of calcio.
  • Jun 1, 1572

    1572 Queen Elizabeth I

    1572 Queen Elizabeth I
    Queen Elizabeth I of England, enacted laws that could sentence a football player to jail for a week followed by penance in a church.
  • 1600 Alaska and Canada

    1600 Alaska and Canada
    In Alaska and Canada the native Eskimos played a game called aqsaqtuk on ice, using balls stuffed with grass, caribou hair, and moss. One legend tells of two villages playing against each other with goals 10 miles apart.
  • 1605

    1605
    Football became legal again in England
  • 1620 North America

    1620 North America
    In North America, native American Indians in the original Jamestown settlement played a game called pasuckuakohowog, meaning "they gather to play ball with the foot." It was a rough game, played the beach, the field a half-mile wide with goals 1 mile apart, with as many as 1000 players at a time.
  • 1815

    1815
    Eton College of England established a set of rules for the games.
  • 1820

    1820
    In the USA, football was played among the Northeastern universities and colleges of Harvard, Princeton, Amherst and Brown.
  • 1848

    1848
    The rules were further standardized and a new version was adopted by all the schools, college and universities, known as the Cambridge Rules.
  • 1862

    1862
    The first soccer club formed anywhere outside of England was the Oneida Football Club, Boston USA.
  • 1863

    1863
    October 26 of 1863, the Football Association was formed when eleven London schools and clubs came together at the Freemason's Tavern to establish a single set of rules to administer any football match that were to be played among them. On December 8 1863, Association Football and Rugby Football finally split onto two different organizations. Later in the year, the first ever soccer match was played on Barnes common at Mortlake, London on 19th December 1863 between Barnes Football Club and Richmo
  • 1869

    1869
    The Football Association rules were further amended to exclude any handling of the ball.
  • 1872

    1872
    The first official international football match was played, between the national teams of Scotland and England, played in Glasgow Scotland. The game was played on 30 November 1872, and finished with a 0-0 draw.
  • 1883

    1883
    The four British associations agreed on a uniform code and formed the International Football Association Board.
  • 1885

    1885
    The first international match played by teams outside of Great Britain was between USA and Canada, played in Newark and ended with Canada winning 1-0.
  • 1888

    1888
    Introduction of the penalty kick, which was an element that could change the game drastically in certain situations.
  • 1900

    1900
    Establishment of FIFA by delegates from France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland at a meeting in Paris on the 21st of May.
  • 1904

    1904
    Soccer played at the Olympic Games for the first time
  • 1930 FIFA

    1930 FIFA
    In 1930, The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) held soccer's first World Cup tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay, with 13 teams.
  • 1932 LA Olympics

    1932 LA Olympics
    Soccer was taken off the program for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, due to a controversy between FIFA and the IOC over the definition of amateur and the reluctance of many strong soccer countries to travel the US because of the expense involved.
  • 1991

    1991
    The inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991 in China was won by the United States
  • 1996 First Victory

    1996 First Victory
    The American women's team won the first-ever women's soccer event at the Olympics.
  • 2014 FIFA

    2014 FIFA
    Soccer is still played today world wide and has an estimated 3 billion fans.