Modern Futbol takes its form
The most reliable information indicates that the modern game of futbol was initially developed in England back in the 12th century. During this era, some games which resembled futbol would be played on roads, and meadows in England. Apart from kicks, futbol also involved punching of the ball using the fist, though as Maradona showed against England, this part of the game isn’t totally gone. This ancient form of futbol was rougher, and more violent compared to the modern way of playing it. A significant feature about the futbol forerunners, was that the games allowed for plenty of players, and occurred in vast areas in the city, for example, a game of the sort was held in Florence in the 16th Century at a place called Calcio. Though don’t think this meant it was better, as they would cause destruction in the city, and sometimes lead to deaths. These reasons helped lead to the forbidding of futbol for hundreds of years, as such the ball games would largely only be seen on London’s streets back in the 17th Century. It took a long time till today’s futbol mechanics had been put into practice. For a long period, there has been no clear difference between rugby, and futbol. There had also been many variations in the right ball size, the duration of a game, and the total number of players.
The game was frequently played in schools whereby, two of the major schools would play Eton, and Rugby. In Rugby, their rules allowed the possibility of players to play with their hands. The game we know by the same name today bears its origin from there. At Eton, on the contrary, the game was played exclusively by the feet, and is therefore viewed as being a predecessor to the present day futbol. The match played in Rugby was known as “the running game” whereas the match played in Eton was known as “the dribbling game”.
Appropriate rules for the match were drafted at a meeting which took place in Cambridge in the year 1848. Another significant event in the futbol history came about in the year 1863 when the leading Futbol Association entered existence in England. This led to the standardization of the ball weight, the ball size, and partitioned the game into two different codes: rugby, and futbol association.
The game, however, would continue developing for an extended period, and still, there was much flexibility regarding the rules. One thing is that the total number of players in the playground could vary. There were no uniforms used to differentiate the appearance of both teams. It was common for players to wear caps since the header was somehow meant to distinguish players in the game by then.
Another significant distinction at this phase could be noted between Scottish, and English teams. Whereas English teams preferred running forward with a ball in an absolute rugby fashion. The Scottish players decided to pass the ball among their players. It could be said that the approach of the Scottish people became predominant.
The match was initially an entertainment to the British working class. An unparalleled number of spectators approximately up to 30,000 would watch some of the games late in the 19th century. The game was to be expanded by British citizens who traveled to various parts of the continent as well as the entire world, specifically in India, and South America, and the pleasure in futbol would be more significant.
The first futbol clubs
Futbol clubs have existed since the 15th century, but they were unorganized, and they lacked official status. Therefore, it’s hard to decide when the first club was formed. Other historians recommended that the first Futbol Club was set up in the year 1824 in Edinburgh. Other earlier clubs were mostly formed by former scholars, and the first one of this type began in Sheffield in the year 1855. The oldest of all specialized futbol clubs was formed in the year 1862, and of late it is known as English club Notts.
A significant step towards the advent of teams was industrialization which resulted in the larger number of people gathering in places like churches, pubs, and factories. In developed towns, futbol teams became established, and the new railway lines would transport them to other towns.
Initially, futbol was purely dominated by teams that belonged to public schools, but later some teams comprising of employees would constitute the majority. Another adjustment was successively happening when most clubs became willing, and able to pay excellent players so that they could join their team. This could declare the start to a long transition period, not without resistance, in which futbol game would develop into a professional level.
The motivation given to the act of paying players was not just to win more games, but in the year 1880s, the fan base of futbol had advanced to a level that the tickets were sold for the games. Finally, in the year 1885, professional futbol became legalized, and after three years the Futbol League became established. In the first season, twelve clubs joined the futbol league, but later, many other organizations were interested. Hence, the competition consequently expanded or extended into more divisions.
For an extended period, the British futbol teams dominated. After some decades however, other clubs from Sienna, Prague, and Budapest would become the major contenders to the dominance formally held by the British.
As it is with many aspects of history, for a long time, women were not allowed to participate in matches. It remained that way until the late 19th Century when women began playing futbol matches.
Like that the early stages of modern day futbol as an era was over. Though, the story of futbol was definitely not done yet. We have 2 other parts for the history of futbol. If you are interested in learning more you can now move onto part 3 where futbol sees its first competitions, and early on dynamics of race in soccer.
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