Unique Facts about Football to make you a Better Fan
It is described as the ultimate game, the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon and the ideal way to see willpower at play. Yes that’s football, football training and cup games for you. If you are like most folks your weekend is never complete without attending your favorite team’s game or watching sport on TV.
During the 2014 world Cup in Brazil over 5 million fans attended matches which attests to the fact that this is the world’s most popular sport. Well if you are an avid fan then you appreciate how good it feels when you watch a match with the right stats in mind. It makes your watching experience more fulfilling. So, why not go an extra mile and get some general insight on this exciting pastime?
A Brief History of Football
According to historians, football in Europe dates back to 1170 with evidence in England showing contests were held even back then. In fact scholars say that football and rugby all borrow from an ancient Greek game called the Harpaston.
A Chinese military manual from the 3rd Century BC also has evidence of the game contrary to popular belief that the game started late in the Orient. So popular was the game in England that Henry II and Henry IV banned the game in the 12th century because it was taking over traditional sports such as fencing and archery.
Emergence of Modern Day Football
It was not until the 1800s that the current form of the game evolved. It all started in 1800s when public schools started accepting it as one of the sports. In fact some of the largest clubs in Europe today were formed during this period. They include Aston Villa formed in 1874, Everton in 1874, Manchester United in 1878, Manchester City in 1880, and Arsenal in 1886 among others.
The formation of the Football Association heralded the standardization and popularity of the game. The first Football World Cup was held on July 30th 1930 and was hosted by Uruguay. This was organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) which still controls the game today. The Women’s World Cup is also held every four years starting from 1991 highlighting acceptance of the game across the gender divide.
Trends in Football
So much has changed since the early days but it is in the age of technology that football has achieved its greatest moments. There are computer games based on real matches, use of goal line technology to ascertain whether the ball is actually in the net among others.
Well, as you wait for the weekend to watch your favorite player be it Messi Harry Kane, Christiano Ronaldo or Rooney you now have an idea about the rich heritage football boasts.