Have you ever wondered about the humble beginnings of the great game of soccer?
We were also wondering about the history of this magnificent sport, so we did some research and the following is what we found:
Throughout ancient history, humans have enjoyed kicking a variety of different objects – bundled cloth, animal bladders and skins, and even human skulls just to name a few. How far back can we trace the origins of soccer? An early cave painting in France depicts an individual kicking some type of object. We definitely know through the discovery of artifacts, early Sumerian’s played a game that involved kicking a tightly bound piece of cloth. Ancient Greeks and Romans also played a game that entailed carrying and kicking a ball. During the time of the Frankish King Charlemagne’s campaigns (late 8th century AD), barbarian soldiers would compete in a game of speed, agility and accuracy, by racing across open fields kicking their opponents dismembered heads.
Are these historic activities early examples of the development of soccer? Probably not! However, we are certain that the origins of modern soccer can be traced back to the 17th century, with the British defining the game in the 19th century
. During this period, the development of soccer game rules/regulations, soccer uniforms
, shin guards, soccer balls and soccer equipment can all be linked to our modern game. There is no question however, that the most dramatic soccer uniform and equipment refinements occurred in recent decades. The development and growth of companies like Nike
, Atletica, Joma, High Five
and Under Armour
has contributed to a host of technological advancements such as synthetic soccer balls, light-weight moisture management soccer uniforms, and lighter/more maneuverable soccer shoes. These companies realize that if a soccer player is to perform at his/her best, soccer apparel and footwear should be light and comfortable. Nike
, High Five
, Atletica, Joma and Under Armour
also realize the importance of durability, visual attractiveness and affordability. The future looks bright for the beautiful game of soccer, as players and companies alike continue to advance in their technological prowess.