Where Did Soccer Originate?


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Soccer can be traced back to a game children played in London, England in the early 19th century. The official rules of the game, known as "football" in England, were drawn up in London in 1863.

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Children and college students played soccer, or football, on a regular basis in the early 1800s. It was during this time that it was adopted as a sport regularly played at school. Prior to that, it was commonly used as a way for villages to compete against each other.

In 1882, players formed the International Football Association Board, which first officially met 4 years later. This group worked hard to establish a number of rules that are still in place in the game.

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