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The Roots of American Soccer

To begin with, soccer has been a world favorite sport for thousands of years. The origins date back to almost 2,000 years ago, even dating back to Ancient China. But Greece and Rome, as well as some parts of Central America are also believed to start this sport. However, the British know it as “football”. It has evolved from passing around a animal-hide ball, to now kicking around the beloved leather ball we know today. Soccer is the world’s favorite sport, racking up a total of four billion fans worldwide.

The British are known for making the first basic rules for soccer, including forbidden tripping. Forbidden tripping is purposely trying to trip someone to make them lose the ball. Also, using your hands to touch the ball. These are the types of rules that have stayed for hundreds of years until now. As soccer grew and became more popular, more rules were engaged. For example, the penalty kick was implied in 1891. Some more recent rules include goalkeepers being banned from handling backpasses, this was made in 1970. Red and Yellow cards were launched in the 1970 World Cup Finals. In addition, tackles from behind didn’t become a Red-card penalty until 1998.

China and Japan are the first known teams to play in an international game that resembles soccer. Their versions were called Tsu Chu. Tsu means “kicking ball with feet” and Chu means “ a ball made with leather and stuffed”. Some of the most famous and the best soccer players through history are Edson Arantes  from Brazil.  Nicknamed Pele, Arantes is known for helping Brazil claim it’s first title. With Pele scoring six goals in the 1958 World Cup. There are many debates on who the greatest players might be but Loinel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, and David Silvia almost always make the list.

To summarize, soccer has been a world renowned sport for many years, and it’s played by 250 million players throughout 200 countries, making it the most popular sport in the world.


By: Jyllian Skoda

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