The World's Most Beloved Sport: The History of Soccer

Kevin PaniContributor IJuly 1, 2009

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 21:  Cheerleaders for the Louisiana State University Tigers cheer against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 21, 2009 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The origin of football / soccer can be found in every corner of geography and history. The Chine

se, Japanese, Italian, Ancient Greek, Persian, Viking, and many more played a ball game long before our era. The Chinese played "football"  games date as far back as 3000 years ago. The Ancient Greeks and the Roman used football  games to sharpen warriors for battle. In south and Central America a game called "Tlatchi" once flourished.

But it was in England that soccer / football really begin to take shape. It all started in 1863 in England, when two football association (association football and rugby football) split off on their different course. Therefore, the first Football Association was founded in England.