Football (or soccer as the game is called in some parts of the world) has a long history. Football in its current form arose in England in the middle of the 19th century. But alternative versions of the game existed much earlier and are a part of the football history.
Britain Is the Home of Soccer. Soccer began to evolve in modern Europe from the medieval period onwards. Somewhere around the 9th century, entire towns in England would kick a pig’s bladder from one landmark to another. The game was often seen as a nuisance and was even banned during some periods of Britain’s history.
The earliest known version of British soccer is dated to the 8th Century, when British soldiers invented the game by kicking around the severed head of a Danish prince they had defeated in battle. The news of this victory game spread throughout eastern England, and others began to replicate the brutal, violent game.
Soccer is a British term – Correct. Name of game in 1863 was Association Football – Wrong. Soccer was coined in 1863 – Wrong. The first documented case of the sport being called by the singular term “Football” coming in 1881 – Wrong. Primarily being played by the upper echelons of society – Myth. Horseback theory – Myth
The history of football/soccer in England. People have been playing football for over 3,000 years. Nobody can tell where it was played for the first time. There is evidence that it was played in Japan, China, Rome and Greece. But the birthplace of modern soccer is Britain (both England and Scotland). Although it was a war game (The first football game took place in the east of England - where the locals played 'football' with the severed head of a Danish Prince they had defeated in a battle.)
In 1801, a survey of British sports by Joseph Strutt described football as being "formerly much in vogue among the common people of England". Although Strutt claimed that folk football was in disrepute and was "but little practised", there is no doubt that many games continued well into the nineteenth century before codification took effect.
In fact, in the early days of the sport among the upper class of British society, the proper term for the sport was 'SOCCER'. Meaning, it was called 'SOCCER' even before 'FOOTBALL'...Wow!...and sources claim that it was approx 18 years later that 'FOOTBALL' surfaced as a name amongst the British (when the sport became more popular among the middle and lower class).
Records trace the history of soccer back more than 2,000 years ago to ancient China. Greece, Rome, and parts of Central America also claim to have started the sport; but it was England that transitioned soccer, or what the British and many other people around the world call “football,” into the game we know today.