A Brief History of Football
Association football, otherwise known as just football, is a common team sport played by a spherical entity of 11 men between the ages of groups A and B. It is the most popular sport in the world, with over 250 million people playing it in more than 200 nations and dependencies. It originated in Europe but has now become very popular in all parts of the world and is now played in almost all the nations that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations (at least those that have a football league). The game is governed by a centralized body, the FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations), which is responsible for assigning points and awarding the game. Every country in the world has a soccer team and qualifies for the international tournaments by playing internationally qualifying games.
One of the most notable tournaments in the world is the World Cup Soccer tournament, which is an international competition consisting of the most soccer nations in the world. Another noteworthy event in football is the Super Bowl, which is the most watched and marketed sports event in the United States. American football has also developed into a very popular sport in the United States, where it is second only behind baseball in terms of popularity. Professional football leagues in the United States include the NFL (American football) and the NFL Sunday Ticket (also referred to as NBC Sports). Major League Baseball and the American League (MLB) also engage in professional football competitions.
The history of football can be traced back to the Ancient Romans, who used a ball (a.k.a. “passing balls”) to control the game; the first ever match in history was fought between the Romans and the Chinese in 52 B.C. football in its modern form evolved from this single sporting event. Since then, football has grown to become a well-liked sport worldwide, played by millions of players across all continents and in every color, shade, and age category.