A Timeless Game Through the ages people from every culturehave looked for new ways of entertainment from throwing sticks to kickingrocks, people have cultivated some of today’s modern sports. More than240 million people around the world play soccer regularly according to theFederation International de Football Association or FIFA. The game has evolvedfrom the sport with no rules to the extravagant game play it is today. Records trace the history of soccer back more than2,000 years ago to ancient China, Greece, Rome, yet parts of Central Americaalso claim to have started the sport. it was England that gave the world modernsoccer, or what the British and many other people around the world call”football.
” The English are credited with creating uniforms for set teams andalso are given credit for the earliest stages of the strict rules in placetoday. As the sport developed, more rules were implemented andhistory was made. The penalty kick was introduced in 1891 and Yellow and Redcards were introduced during the 1970s.
One of the more recent changes tothe rules of soccer was implemented in 1992 stating that goalies could nolonger pick up back passes and tackles from behind became red-card penalties in1998.Some of the topplayers throughout history include Pele from Brazil, who scored six goals inthe 1958 World Cup and helped Brazil claim its first title. Lev Yoshin fromRussia, who claimed to have saved more than 150 penalty shots during hiscareer. Although there are many questions as to who should be considered thenumber one soccer player, but athletes like Zine dine Zidane, Lionel Messi, andRoberto Baggio make almost every list according to “The Big League”.
Another veryimportant development throughout the history of soccer has been thestadiums that the teams are playing on. Someof the top stadiums in the history of soccer include Nou Camp in Barcelona,Spain, which remains the biggest soccer stadium in Europe; The elegant of LouisII in Monte Carlo, Monaco, which is known as one of the crowd pleasing stadiumsin the world; and the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan, whichis considered the most high-tech venue because of its movable roof, huge replayscreens, and hundreds of lights.For over acentury, England has been credited as cultivating modern soccer. A claim whichseemed to be true until as recently as 2011, when historians traced soccer’sroots to a different place. An uncovered book, titled Vocabula gives support toItaly’s claims. It described a game in which two teams played with a ball on afield roughly the size of the present regulation pitches. Not only that, butterms such as keeper, kick off, and switch halves were also mentioned. Thisbook was written in the fourteenth century, 400 years before the Englishfederation of soccer was formed.
Although we can never know for sure where soccerbegan, we do know that the sport has become one of the greatest sources ofentertainment for people in almost every country. In modern culture people fromevery corner of the world gather together to watch the world cup, fans andathletes prepare months in advance for the ever growing competition. It isclear to see we have come a long way from throwing sticks and kicking rocks, andeven though we can’t agree on the origin of this classic sport I think it issafe to say it has left a lasting impact on the world.