A Brief History of the Game of Soccer
By Michael Shanks
In the second and third centuries BCE, the Chinese Han Dynasty military practiced a game that involved kicking a ball into a small net.
In 1424, King James I passed a law banning the sport of soccer. Queen Elizabeth passed a law that jailed soccer players, and required them to do a penance in church. However, the game was too popular to be shut off like that.
In 1815, Eton College established a set of rules which other schools, colleges, and Universities began to use.
In 1863, 12 London clubs and schools sent their representatives to a meeting in the Freemason’s Tavern to establish a single set of rules, creating The Football Association.
The 12 founding clubs were: Accrington (Old Reds) Aston Villa Blackburn Rovers Bolton Wanderers Burnley Derby County Everton Notts County Preston North End Stoke City West Bromwich Albion Wolverhampton Wanderers
In 1869, the rule was set in place that no handling of the ball would be allowed, which was a pillar in the creating of what the game is today.
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