Who Created Soccer?

Soccer History

Who created soccer? The answer to that will never be concrete as many main contributors can be accredited to the creation of the sport. In this article, we will dissect the different derivations of soccer and put a name or name(s) to those responsible for creating the sport we know and love today.


Who Created Soccer?

Ebenezer Cobb Morley, widely recognized as the founding father of the Football Association, was born on August 16, 1931. Growing up, Morley was regarded as an all-around sportsman and, with his passion for the sport of “football” (another name for the game of soccer, stemming from European origin), felt a need to add regulation to the sport (i.e., rules, leagues, foundations, etc.). With all of this in mind, Morley invented the Football Association (FA) and instituted his own thirteen original laws of the FA. With his hand in creating the rules, there was now an organization in the world of soccer (football), mostly due to Morley’s contribution.

When was the First Professional Soccer Game?

The first professional soccer game was played on December 19, 1863, in London, England, between Barnes Football Club (BFC) and Richmond Football Club (RFC), which ended in a 0-0 tie. This first game followed the aforementioned “13 Original Rules of the FA”, which Morley had written himself. Morley himself had also been the captain of Barnes Football Club and set up the game between them and Richmond. This first game gave the FA a good basis on how to improve the game’s organization, and this was a great benchmark for the progression of soccer in general.

When was the First International Soccer Game?

The first international soccer game was on November 30, 1872, between England and Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland. This first-ever international match ended in a 0-0 draw with over 4,000 spectators in the crowd. Leading up to this game, there were quite a few unofficial meetings between the two teams as impromptu games. However, this game was recorded as the first official one. International games were, and still are, composed of the “best” players from each nation.

Fun Fact: The price of admission for this first-ever international appearance by any team from around the world was one shilling, the British currency at the time.3

When were women professionally introduced to soccer?

The first professional women’s soccer game took place in London, England, on March 23, 1895, at Crouch End Athletic Ground. This game became a very significant stepping stone for women in the world of sports as it received a major amount of publicity, with many papers reporting it and over 10,000 people in attendance as history was being made. This was the first-ever women's soccer game to be sponsored as well as officially sanctioned by a governing body, which was huge at the time. Reporters coined the game as “highly entertaining.” The game ended in a 7-1 win, with North beating South in the end.2

FAQ

Who invented soccer?

As there is no set name to who may have invented soccer, historians have been able to set the time and place of its potential origin from different periods of time. Soccer was referred to as the game of Kemari in Japan as far back as 600 A.D, Pahsaherman to the Native Americans, Marn Brook to the Indigenous Australians, and Cuju (which loosely translates to “kicking the ball”) to the Chinese during the Han Dynasty. The earliest setting in which different historic variations of the game of soccer can be traced back to almost 5,000 years ago.

What is the MLS?

The MLS, or Major League Soccer, is the most popular American professional soccer league. The MLS was started in 1996 due to the success of the United States hosting the World Cup in 1994 and is currently the highest level of organized soccer playable in the U.S. The MLS was created by Lamar Hunt and Phillip Anschutz. The oldest MLS teams are the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls (as MetroStars), LA Galaxy, DC United, New England Revolution, and Columbus Crew. The MLS is usually regarded as a lower classification compared to other professional soccer leagues around the world due to American systems and newness to the game. However, its significance in the football world is starting to grow larger as time goes on, with European names such as David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovich joining the league.