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When Was Soccer Invented?

Soccer is undoubtedly the biggest sport in the world.

Soccer ball When was soccer ball invented?

Just about every country plays it with over 250 million players worldwide. Nielson’s World Football Report learned that more than four out of 10 people around the world consider themselves soccer fans. Events such as the FIFA World Cup regularly draw billions of fans in viewership.

So when was the most popular sport in the world invented?

While modern soccer — commonly known as association football — was formalized in England during the 19th century, variations of the game existed way before then.

The game of Kemari was played in Japan as far back as 600 A.D. while China played a game called Cuju during the period of the Han Dynasty which ruled from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. Both these games involved the kicking of a ball into a net to score a point.

Similar games spread around the world with the Native Americans having Pahsaherman, the Indigenous Australians having Marn Grook and the Moari’s having Ki-o-rahi.

However, as per FIFA, the aforementioned game of Cuju (also Tsu-Chu which translates to “kicking the ball”) is the earliest form of the sport for which there is evidence. Like the sport today, it involved using any part of the body other than the hands to get a ball into a net. Games were standardized and rules were established as well. It is also believed that Cuju may have been a training exercise for soldiers during that era.

When it comes to association football (modern soccer), the rules were formed in the 19th century to standardize the various forms of soccer in England. However, the history of the sport in England dates back to the eight century A.D. where it was known as medieval football.

So to answer when soccer was invented, it ultimately depends on what you’re specifically asking about — modern soccer or the first variation of soccer.

If it’s the former, it was 1863. If it’s the latter, soccer was invented over 2,200 years ago during the imperial dynasty of China.

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Who Invented Soccer?

Boys playing soccer Who invented soccer?

Soccer is undoubtedly the biggest sport in the world.

Just about every country plays it with over 250 million players worldwide. Nielson’s World Football Report learned that more than four out of 10 people around the world consider themselves soccer fans. Events such as the FIFA World Cup regularly draw billions of fans in viewership.

But who was it that actually invented soccer?

While modern soccer — commonly known as association football — was formalized in England during the 19th century, variations of the game existed way before then.

The game of Kemari was played in Japan as far back as 600 A.D. while other variations of early soccer saw the Native Americans having Pahsaherman, the Indigenous Australians having Marn Grook and the Moari’s having Ki-o-rahi.

However, according to FIFA, the game of Cuju (also Tsu-Chu which translates to “kicking the ball”) originating from China during the period of the Han Dynasty which ruled from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. is the earliest form of the sport for which there is evidence.

That would mean the origins of the sport of soccer was invented by the Han Dynasty during the imperial dynasty of China over 2,200 years ago. Historians have claimed that the sport was played even before then as far back as 5,000 years ago. But based on historical evidence, it is the Han Dynasty.

However, modern soccer is a different story. The sport that is watched and played today that is loved by everyone was formalized in the United Kingdom in 1863.

In October of that year, the Football Association was formed with the merging of 11 London schools and clubs. They met at the Freemason’s Tavern and established rules for the game with the first ever soccer match being played in December between Barnes Football Club and Richmond Football Club. The rest, of course, is history.

So to answer who invented soccer, it ultimately depends on what you’re specifically asking about — modern soccer or the first variation of soccer.

If it’s the former, it was invented by the Football Association — a group of 11 London schools and clubs who met in 1863 to standardize the game. If it’s the latter, based on historical evidence, it was China’s Han Dynasty during the period of 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.

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Soccer Ball Clip Art

Soccer is undoubtedly the biggest sport in the world.

Just about every country plays it with over 250 million players worldwide. Nielson’s World Football Report learned that more than four out of 10 people around the world consider themselves soccer fans. Events such as the FIFA World Cup regularly draw billions of fans in viewership.

And of course, the soccer ball is symbolic of the beautiful game. So it’s not a surprise to see plenty of soccer ball clip art present around the world wide web.

The most common clip art will naturally be of a soccer ball. The basic soccer ball pattern will be present, but given the various designs of soccer balls today, you can expect clip art with plenty of different patterns as well.

There are also many other variations of soccer ball clip art including personifying the ball by giving it eyes and a mouth as well as arms and legs. There is also clip art featuring club logos and emblems that have a soccer ball prominent in them.

Some clip art features the globe displayed on soccer balls — symbolizing it as a global game — while others have a trail of flames behind a ball in motion.

But it doesn’t just have to feature a soccer ball alone. You can also have boys and girls, men and women all included in the clip art kicking, passing or juggling the ball.

You can also find clip art including the goal posts as well as the pitch and arena. The possibilities are endless when it comes to soccer ball clip art.

Here are some examples of soccer ball clip art:

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player kicking ball soccer ball clip art
child kicking ball soccer ball clip art
ball hitting net soccer ball clip art
ball with wings soccer ball clip art
ball in center circle soccer ball clip art
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Soccer Ball Drawings

two players going for ball Soccer ball drawings

Soccer is undoubtedly the biggest sport in the world.

Just about every country plays it with over 250 million players worldwide. Nielson’s World Football Report learned that more than four out of 10 people around the world consider themselves soccer fans. Events such as the FIFA World Cup regularly draw billions of fans in viewership.

And of course, the soccer ball is symbolic of the beautiful game. So it’s not a surprise to see plenty of soccer ball drawings present not only around the world wide web but in real life as well.

The most common drawings will naturally be of a soccer ball. The basic pattern of the soccer ball will be present, but given the various designs of soccer balls today, you can expect drawings with plenty of different patterns as well.

There are also many other variations of soccer ball drawings including personifying the ball by giving it eyes and a mouth as well as arms and legs. There are also drawings featuring club logos and emblems that have a soccer ball prominent in them.

Some drawings feature the globe displayed on soccer balls — symbolizing it as a global game — while others have a trail of flames behind a ball in motion.

But it doesn’t just have to feature a soccer ball alone. You can also have boys and girls, men and women all included in the drawing kicking, passing or juggling the ball. That includes professional players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

You can also find drawings including the goal posts as well as the pitch and arena. The possibilities are endless when it comes to soccer ball drawings.

Here are some examples of soccer ball drawings and if you wish to learn how to draw a soccer ball you can find out more here:

2 players tackling Soccer ball drawings 1
hand holding ball Soccer ball drawings
Ronaldo drawing Soccer ball drawings
Soccer ball drawing Soccer ball drawings
Goalie catching ball drawing Soccer ball drawings
ball and net drawing Soccer ball drawings
soccer ball drawing Soccer ball drawings
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How To Draw A Soccer Ball

Soccer is undoubtedly the biggest sport in the world.

Just about every country plays it with over 250 million players worldwide. Nielson’s World Football Report learned that more than four out of 10 people around the world consider themselves soccer fans. Events such as the FIFA World Cup regularly draw billions of fans in viewership.

And of course, the soccer ball is symbolic of the beautiful game. Soccerballworld is here to provide you with a guide on how to draw the perfect soccer ball.

Step 1: Draw a circle. If you want a perfect one, trace around a cup or similar circular object.

Step 2: Draw a hexagon within the circle. It should be more than half the size of the original circle and positioned in the center. If you want to make sure it’s centered, draw a horizontal and vertical line in your circle such that it’s like a cross.

Step 3: From the top side of the hexagon, draw a pentagon.

Step 4: Repeat the above for the lower left and lower right sides of the hexagon.

Step 5: Fill the remaining empty sides with hexagons. You now have the main pattern of the soccer ball.

Step 6: Fill the rest of the ball and make sure the pattern is maintained.

Step 7: Color the pentagons black.

And there you have it — you have now drawn a soccer ball in just seven simple steps.

You can also watch a video tutorial of the above guide:

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Where Was Soccer Invented?

Football countries Where Was Soccer Invented?

Just about every country plays it with over 250 million players worldwide. Nielson’s World Football Report learned that more than four out of 10 people around the world consider themselves soccer fans. Events such as the FIFA World Cup regularly draw billions of fans in viewership.

But where was soccer invented?

While modern soccer — commonly known as association football — was formalized in England during the 19th century, variations of the game existed way before then.

The game of Kemari was played in Japan as far back as 600 A.D. while other variations of early soccer saw the Native Americans having Pahsaherman, the Indigenous Australians having Marn Grook and the Moari’s having Ki-o-rahi.

However, according to FIFA, the game of Cuju (also Tsu-Chu which translates to “kicking the ball”) originating from China during the period of the Han Dynasty which ruled from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. is the earliest form of the sport for which there is evidence.

That would mean the origin of the sport of soccer was invented in China during the Han Dynasty over 2,200 years ago. At least, that is the case based on historic evidence.

An exact location is hard to determine. However, one might guess it was invented in the capital at the time which was Chang’an. Today, it is modern Xi’an which is the capital of the Shaanxi Province in China.

However, modern soccer is a different story. The sport that is watched and played today that is loved by everyone was formalized in the United Kingdom in 1863.

In October of that year, the Football Association was formed with the merging of 11 London schools and clubs. They met at the Freemason’s Tavern and established rules for the game with the first ever soccer match being played in December between Barnes Football Club and Richmond Football Club. The rest, of course, is history.

The Freemason’s Tavern was located at 61-65 Great Queen Street in the West End of London, England. It was later demolished in 1909 to make way for the Connaught Hotel.

So to answer where was soccer invented, it ultimately depends on what you’re specifically asking about — modern soccer or the first variation of soccer.

If it’s the former, it was invented at The Freemason’s Tavern in London by the Football Association — a group of 11 London schools and clubs who met in 1863 to standardize the game. If it’s the latter, it was invented in China during the time of the Han Dynasty which lasted from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.

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European Championship 2000 Tournament Ball Terrestra

The Adidas Equipment Terrestra Silverstream

terrestra1 European Championship 2000 Tournament Ball Terrestra

The title and design of this particularly futuristic looking ball were dedicated to the rivers of the host countries, (Belgium and Holland) to which they owe their prosperity via trading routes and transportation of goods. The locals nicknamed these waterways “silver streams” due to the way their surfaces sparkle brightly in the early morning sun. 

Scientifically it was another break through ball from adidas. The outer layer was made from ergonomically crafted syntactic foam panels in long lasting PU, making it softer to the touch and easier to control. Inside the ball’s casing was a layer of closely compressed micro balloons filled with gas, which distributed the impact of the strike (from the foot or head) evenly, making it more precise and giving it a calculable, consistent, and faster flight path (later used on the World Cup Fevernova and Euro Roteiro match balls). 

However, its swerve characteristics were lethal at the right feet, as Luis Figo proved with his missile-like shot against England, which seemed to change direction violently when it clipped an England player’s ankle. “We found to our cost that the slightest deflection seems to make the ball fly,” explained the English Football Association’s technical adviser, Les Reed.

terrestra European Championship 2000 Tournament Ball Terrestra

Article and pictures from Sheridan Bird, January 22, 2004

2000 Terrestra Euro ball with box European Championship 2000 Tournament Ball Terrestra

Above picture with the ball in the original box provided by Jacques Barralon

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European Championship 1996 Tournament Match ball

The European Championship had long been considered a second-class football (soccer) tournament in the eyes of fans, before its rebirth in 1996. Originally conceived as a mini world cup for Europe, it was the subject of chronic format change and indifference. 

However, intelligent marketing and a surge in interest caused the 1996 championship, in England, to take a new importance. As a result of this, the official ball providers, adidas, who had previously not deemed the competition worthy of having its own especially nominated ball, decided to begin taking the development and marketing of the matchballs seriously.

1996

The Adidas Questra Europa

After the success and high goal quota of the 1994 World Cup in the US, adidas concluded that the new, lighter ball produced for that tournament, on FIFA’s request (they had been moved to make changes after the turgid and defensive Italia ’90 World Cup which suffered something of a goal drought) had been a triumph. The World Cup ‘94 ball, the black and white Questra, was a much more high tech and responsive ball than its heavier predecessors. There might have been complaints from goalkeepers, but the swerving, spinning Questra, which curled wickedly in the hot, American temperatures and humidity, was responsible for some outstanding goals, free kicks and passes. 

UEFA decided to keep in tune with this new scientifically advanced approach, but asked adidas to give the ball a new identity, an in doing so they created the Questra Europa which was the first colored ball in a major tournament. The design they chose was a reworking of the iconic England badge, the three lions and red roses, in the familiar tango shape, which had appeared on all major balls. Each side of the trigon had a lion in metallic blue, and in the center was a red rose.

Due to its strong link with the host nation’s own identity, the ball proved very popular, and also paved the way for a very lively, exciting tournament with many incredible goals and vibrant play.

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1992 Official Ball of the European Championships – Etrvsco Unico

The official ball for the 1992 European Championships was the Etrvsco Unico the same ball used in the Italy, 1990 World Cup. The only difference is a panel on the ball indicating “Official World Cup 1990/ Official 1992 Euro Championship”.

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1988 Official Ball of the European Championships – Tango Europa

Tango Europa1 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa
Tango Europa2 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa
Tang Europa3 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa

Above Pictures Provided By Reg Wong, Thanks!

Europa_Tango2 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa

The above picture is another version with an UEFA Logo and made in France

Picture provided by D. Duinkerken – Thanks!

1988 Tango Europa Euro Ball and box 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa
88 Euro balls 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa

Above two pictures with original box provided by Jacques Barralon