Football Facts

No one knows exactly when soccer was created, but the earliest versions of the game can be traced back 3,000 years. Soccer is the most popular game in the world. In many countries it is known as “football”. In England, soccer was formed when several clubs formed the Football Association about 150 years ago. Women started playing soccer around the same time as men did in England. However, originally men were the main players in the game. Women’s soccer started to become extremely popular in the 1990s. In China, the first soccer balls were made from sewn clothing that was filled with rubble. In Europe during the Middle Ages, soccer balls were made from inflated pig bladders. Today most of the balls are made from layers of synthetic leather while the bladders inside the ball are made from latex or butyl. Some of the different shots in soccer are: