The History of Football

By: Amelie Mag

For as long as football (soccer) has been around, football fans have also been around. The most significant consequence: it is appreciated that the football World Cup gathers the second greatest number of viewers, after the Olympics. For instance, the World competition of 2006 brought together more than three million spectators, and these were only those who got the chance of a seat in the stadiums. Just imagine the number of those who gathered around a TV in order to watch the matches; how useful free football online would have been! And the case of the World Cup is not singular; other football tournaments have their own faithful fans and viewers, many of whom would surely be grateful for the occasion of watching their favorite teams in action while the matches are broadcasted live. Fortunately, the latest improvements in live broadcasting allow football fans to watch live and free soccer online. Obviously, the reasons why free football online has been made possible are closely related to the popularity of this particular kind of sports event.

Football (or soccer) has not always been as popular as it is these days - and it is exceptionally popular since free soccer online is considered. Although the so called "games with a ball" (resembling football) have a long history, it was only during the second half of the 19th century that the birth of football was registered. England is the location where soccer, as we know it today (with a few minor changes), was officially born. Surely, there are stories relating that, approximately three thousand years ago, a game named "Kemari" played with a ball filled with sand was widely practiced in Japan. It did resemble football, but the number of the players on the field was only eight and even less at times. The same, it is estimated that in China, around the epoch of 2500 B.C., a game named "tsu chu", played to pay homage to the emperor, developed up until the interval of 230 B.C.-220 A.D. The game involved a number of players trying to stop one another from kicking a stuffed ball (presumably, it was stuffed with feathers) through an opening between two bamboo stems.

However, the Football Association, the one which is "responsible" for the commencement of the game then called "Association football", was established only as late as 1863, in London. The origins of English soccer can be identified back in the Middle Ages, when a type of mob football was practiced, as a competition between villages or towns. The purpose was to bring a ball at the central public square of the village/town of the opponents. While the game was very popular, it was also very violent, since very few play rules had been established. As a consequence, the first royal ban (by King Edward II) on the practice of this game was registered at the middle of the 14th century. The bans were maintained for the next three centuries; nonetheless, the game was still practiced. We can be sure that by 1863 a number of more accurate play rules had been adopted (in fact, 17 years earlier the first play regulations had been written down). The label of "soccer" was coined in the 1880s, and it is an abbreviation from "association". Nowadays, Americans use the term widely so as to distinguish soccer from American football.

When the second half of the 20th century came (and along with it came the media), soccer began being popularized worldwide. The first World Cups had already taken place (ever since 1930) and the fans began swelling their numbers so that today the need to cover their demands (as spectators) by every legal means possible - and free football online is one of these means - is exploited at the maximum. Unfortunately, not all football fans allow a monthly subscription to rather costly satellite broadcasted programs in order to watch live their favorite matches.

Free soccer online is one of the alternative methods of saying that the history of football is still in the making. And it is in the making because it gives the fair share to football fans. This is what the option for free football online actually says: since the fans are those who have turned football into one of widespread and best-liked sports all throughout the world, then it is the fans who deserve their reward. Free football online is the result of the game's popularity and the advancements in technology. Practically, anyone who has an Internet connection can be the beneficiary of free football online. And you do not lose anything from the live broadcasts, since Internet speed is the chief guarantee of a broadcast obeying every decent rule concerning quality and promptness of the transmission.

Additionally, free soccer online can cover an impressive variety of football matches. All you have to do in order to enjoy in the best possible manner your registration for free soccer online programs is to find the proper guide with the help of which you can decide on and select according to your own taste the matches you want to watch. In the end, the opportunities offered by free soccer online programs are the next expected step in the history of football, namely the stage where various means are employed so as to make sure that the fans who have kept football alive for such a long time are fully content. To what concerns the rest of the football events, i.e. victories or losses, it is only a matter of the players' skills.

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