All earthly players played games with a round and bouncing object, that is, a ball. Only the name and content of the fun itself differed, but the meaning itself remained unchanged for every nation. For example, the peoples of Austria used the skins of small animals, the bladders of large animals to play football. The Egyptians used fabric balls that were wrapped in animal veins.
The Tungus made balls from grass or animal hair. But in this seemingly harmless game, the Indians turned out to be the most cruel. In their match, the stipulation was that the losing team inherited the death penalty. Historically, the Chinese are considered the forefathers of this kind of sport. On ancient stone drawings, you can see how people kick something like a ball with their lower limbs.
What were the rules in old football?
In ancient times, all nations and all over the world had the same rules in football: no rules. The players were played in the streets, markets, local food stalls, the number of players didn’t matter at all. And the gates were everything that caught your eye: various containers, doors, fruit and vegetable counters.
Naturally, the game of this kind of sport, like other equally popular sports disciplines, developed and gained popularity. But in old times, this discipline was much tougher than it is today. The players were merciless and for the sake of victory they were ready for anything, gambling emotions and adrenaline of the players prevailed over the mind. It resulted in blood and serious injuries not only to the players, but also to those around them, since there were no bans on the game. As a result of such events, local authorities began to ban this life-threatening match.
After that, some more or less rules and frameworks for this sport began to form. The participants in the game had to play only with their feet, this rule also applied to the goalkeeper. The referees followed, and later the referee’s whistles.
The initial championships of this discipline
Modern kind of this sport was born in Great Britain, it is the English word football that is so common all over the earth, which means kicking the ball. Following there, the initial team appeared, which consisted of eleven cricket players. Thus the first
tournament of this discipline was held in 1860. As a result of the creation of teams, the Football Association was formed. After that, this sport began to spread around the earth.
The first national championships began to be held. The popularity of this sport did not subside, there were more and more teams. It got to the point that they were forced to found in 1904 the International Football Federation, which could control and regulate all
matches of it. So this kind of sport entered the lists of the Olympic Games. Uruguay was an invincible team at that time, it was they who won the first world football match.
Despite many improvements in the game, football to this day remains the most popular sport among amateurs, professionals and even fans.