The History of the Game of Football
Association football, also called simply football, is a competitive team sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is the most popular sport in the world and is played by about 250 million people in more than 200 countries and dependencies. It was first invented in Europe but has now been adopted by many other countries, especially those that have large communities or groups of fans. In the United States, the game has almost become a second religion and it is now the most attended sport in America, second only to baseball.
The game has its roots in the game of rugby which was a game played between teams of different nations, including England, Scotland, and Ireland. The idea of forming a team and playing a regular season game started off in England and spread to other countries such as Australia and Canada over a period of about twenty years. With the success of this first sport, more variations of football were played. In America, football was changed into a more action-packed style after the popularity of baseball. The modifications to the game were mostly geared towards making the game more exciting.
The birth of professional football in the United States can be traced back to the start of the twentieth century. A number of different companies in New York started to display football on their buildings and even began to publish a league for them to play with. As this sport became more well known, several different companies in other cities also started to display it openly. These early companies that became involved in publicly displaying it included the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, who were both formally started in 1892.
The first official football club in the US was formed in Boston, Massachusetts and was called the Boston Bulldogs. They played using a white polo shirt, white shorts, white socks and black shoes. The first player to wear a white uniform with white socks was John Taylor of the Boston Braves. He wore the same uniform for his entire professional career.
Even after this historic first step, there was still a lot to learn about the game. In 1892, football moved out from the private homes of a few men in Boston to a venue that could accommodate a larger group. This was done by the formation of the National Football League, better known today as the NFL. The first year the NFL played a regular season game was in eighteen ninety-one at the stadiums in Boston and New England.
The very first game ever played was between the Irish Football Association and the football from the same league, the Rugby Football Union. The teams did not dress the same way and instead each team used a different color scheme for their uniform. This was an uncomfortable and weird situation to be in for both sides. The matches became extremely friendly and even though there were no real rules to play by, the matches were generally a lot of fun to watch. The official rules of the game have been in place ever since, but the colors and themes have remained the same.