What Year Was Basketball Invented?

Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith and was played at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass., with nine players on each side using a soccer ball aimed at goals made of peach baskets. The first public match occurred in 1892, and from there, basketball proliferated throughout YMCAs worldwide.

The first men's college basketball game was played in 1895, and the first women's college game occurred in 1896. In 1898, the first professional basketball league was founded. In 1906, the peach baskets were replaced by metal hoops with nets. In 1932, the International Basketball Federation was founded, and in 1932, basketball was first played at the Olympics. The National Basketball Association was established in 1949.