14 Facts About Football


Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal.

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In 1888, The Football League was founded in England, becoming the first of many professional football associations.

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Football described the activities of London youths during the annual festival of Shrove Tuesday:.

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Football was played in Ireland in 1308, with a documented reference to John McCrocan, a spectator at a "football game" at Newcastle, County Down being charged with accidentally stabbing a player named William Bernard.

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Game known as "football" was played in Scotland as early as the 15th century: it was prohibited by the Football Act 1424 and although the law fell into disuse it was not repealed until 1906.

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Football is the first to describe a "law" of football: "they must not strike [an opponent's leg] higher than the ball".

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Football was adopted by a number of public schools as a way of encouraging competitiveness and keeping youths fit.

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The South Australian Football Association is the oldest surviving Australian rules football competition.

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The Football League is recognised as the longest running Association Football league.

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Outside its heartland in southern Australia, the code experienced a significant period of decline following World War I but has since grown throughout Australia and in other parts of the world, and the Australian Football League emerged as the dominant professional competition.

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In 1903, the Ontario Rugby Football Union adopted the Burnside rules, which implemented the line of scrimmage and down-and-distance system from American football, among others.

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International Rugby Football Board was founded in 1886, but rifts were beginning to emerge in the code.

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The English Football Association had chaired many discussions on setting up an international body, but was perceived as making no progress.

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Similarly, Gaelic football is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of match attendance, and the All-Ireland Football Final is the most watched event of that nation's sporting year.

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