The History of Football


Football is a team sport. It involves running and passing the ball down the field to score points. On fourth down, a team can attempt a field goal, but they must be within 40 yards of the goal line to be considered a touchdown. A successful field goal is worth three points. The offensive team’s head coach calls on-field plays, while the defensive team’s captain calls defensive plays. A safety occurs when a team tackles an opponent in their own end zone, earning the team two points.

The first formal meeting of the Football Association occurred in 1863. The meeting was held at the Freemason’s Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. Only one school, Charterhouse, was present. This meeting set the foundation for five more meetings in the next few months, and the first comprehensive set of rules was produced. By the nineteenth century, the rules of the game had become more organized and specific. There are now more than 3,000 schools and associations in the world playing football.

Football is an ancient sport with many traditions. In the early 20th century, it spread throughout Europe, and many historians believe that the first games of football were played by the Amerindians. As a result, the game eventually prompted the creation of the International Association of Football (FIFA).