The Evolution of Football Equipment

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The Evolution of Football Equipment

When watching football, it’s easy to take for granted that the equipment utilized by the participants is the same as it has always been, standing ready to protect the players from the tough physical demands of the game.

But as much as we know the game of football, it has changed from its origins as a rugby-like affair in the late 1860s to the modern game we know in 2013. The equipment designed to shield the competitors has also been completely transformed within the 144-year history of the game.

The following slideshow tracks this historic transformation by chronicling the evolution of six of the major components of football equipment from their individual debuts right up until how they look and perform in today’s version of the game.

As a tasty bonus, not only do we look at how the equipment has changed but we identify why each evolution took place; whether it was spurred on by injury, technological advancement or mere aesthetic desires.

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