Association Football-A Review

These days Soccer fever is caught up in the world, Soccer which is one of the most popular sports on our planet is dependent on one thing without which there wouldnt been a game of soccer and guess what it is, yes you are right it is the Soccer Ball. Interested to know how this small spherical structure created one of the most popular game of History, then browse down to find them.Certain ancient Egyptian rites as told by historians have similarities with the present day football, and also both the ancient Romans and Greeks played a game that entailed as carrying and kicking a ball. During the Han Dynasty (255 BC-220 AD), the Chinese played ‘tsu chu’, in which animal-skin balls were dribbled through gaps in a net stretched between the poles.

According to pre-medieval legend, an entire village would kick a skull along a path to a nearby village square. Then the opposing village would in turn attempt to kick the skull to the first village’s square. That would have for sure probably caused more riots than in modern soccer games.A Medieval custom was to take pig bladders used from live stock which were killed in preparation for winter sustenance and then inflate them. They would play a game using their feet and hands to keep the “ball” in the air. They would cover these animal bladder balls eventually with leather for better shape retention.Prior to 1836, the year in which Charles Goodyear patented vulcanized rubber, balls were dependant on the size and shape of the pig’s bladder.

More irregular the bladder, more unpredictable the behavior of the soccer balls was when kicked. In 1855, Charles Goodyear designed and built in what is called the first vulcanized rubber soccer balls or footballs.The year when the first Football association namely English Football Association was formed in the year of 1863, it had no laws for the soccer ball. No specific description of the soccer ball was offered in the first set of rules. When the revised rules came up in 1872 it was agreed that the soccer ball “must be spherical with a circumference of 27 to 28 inches” (68.6 cm to 71.1 cm). The same rule remains even in today’s FIFA Laws.


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