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.
The codification of soccer began in the public schools of Britain at the beginning of the 19th century. Within the private school system "football" was a game in which the hands were used during periods of play and grappling allowed, but otherwise, the modern shape of soccer was being formed.
Early History Of Soccer/Football. The first appearance of soccer as a sport was in China. According to the International Federation Football Association or FIFA, the Chinese had invented a competitive game known as cuju that resembled our modern version of soccer.
China's Tsu Chu players and Japan's Kemari players were the first to have an "International" game of their versions of soccer, believed to have occurred roughly 50 B.C.. There is a definite date of such a game occurring in 611 A.D. 600 - 1600 A.D.
Man named Cobb Morley, from England, is an important part of soccer history as he formed the first Semi-Professional soccer team in the history of this game. Team name was Barnes Club, established in 1862. Cobb Morley talked about this game needing rules, and more organization in order for it to prosper.
As part of the evidence, U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs qualified for 19 consecutive FIFA outdoor world championships before the Under-23 national team missed out on the Olympics in 2004.
A new MISL exists today with seven teams operating in the 2013–2014 season. However, it is unrelated to the original MISL. The highest level of soccer in the United States is Major League Soccer, formed as a result of the U.S. hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup. FIFA
The 1920 soccer season, for example, opened with a match between the city champion Penninsula team playing against sailors from the British freighter, M. de Larinaga, which was loading flour. This sort of exchange was, and still is, common and would have fostered awareness of the sport.