Soccer is a game that is extremely popular around the world and it does not take a giant leap of the imagination to picture its origins as being two people in some ancient civilization throwing together a ball constructed out of some relatively soft material and kicking it about as a form of entertainment. This particular image is easy to create due to the fact that, in order to have a game, you need very little in the way of equipment to get started. It is thanks to its simplicity that the game has enjoyed so much success particularly in poorer communities around the world as children try to become the next global superstar and rise out of poverty.However, even though there are indications that a game whereby people kicked something similar to a ball around was played in ancient times the modern day equivalent really had its birth when Cambridge College in England sat down to draw up official rules. This first attempt at organizing the game did; however, only serve to achieve some form of control over a game that was just a byword for chaos.By the 1870s the term Association Football was coined in the north of England and this saw the very first FA Cup game being played and a league formed consisting of twelve teams just a decade later in the 1880s.
After this start, it did not take long for people to start really following their local team and supporting them as the game started to take off and crowds continued to grow. Its initial popularity within Britain was helped by the fact that everybody got the game and its aims no matter if they were working class or a local businessman so it was instantly seen as the game for the masses.The formation of the game was often seen to be helped by the fact that people were unable to really travel any distance, it was of course the Victorian era, and as a result teams built their stadiums in the very heart of the city so the locals were within walking distance.
It is also no coincidence that this also meant the players were from the same areas and it helped build up a sense of community with each team. The only problem with this approach is that now these original stadiums, although they have been rebuilt since, are still in the middle of housing estates and they have normally moved from being a useful addition to being a nuisance due to thousands of people being there along with thousands of vehicles.After its initial birth in England, it did begin to develop in other countries as a sport and this eventually led to the idea of playing international matches. The oldest international match is between England and Scotland, but it took several decades before the first world cup was staged in Uruguay in 1930.As leagues became established it did also lead to the prospect of having competitions between clubs across continents and this led to what is now the Europa League and the Champions League.
It is fair to say that the game has come a long way since its initial conception back in the 1870s.So in conclusion it should be said that even though we will never know the names of those people in ancient civilizations who were kicking a ball about, we do now see the impact that the modern game has on the world. It is now a massive business involving huge sums of money on a yearly basis, but at the end of it all it is all about fun and having lots of it.