Globally, football is played by over 250 million players in over 200 nations, and has the highest television audience in sport, making it the most popular in the world.
But I am willing to bet my 2 kobo that you have no idea of its inventor.
Well, sit back, relax and let me drive you through memory lane.
There are conflicting explanations of the origin of the word “football”.
Imagine ancient men wearing leopard skin pant, bare chested and bare footed kicking rocks as their football, men that will sure have been some watch.
Anyways I’ll give the most widely accepted account of the origin of football which was said to have began in England in 1863 according to FIFA.
For all the evidence of early ball sports played elsewhere in the world, the evolution of football as we know it today took place in Britain. The game that flourished in the British Isles
from the eighth to the 19th centuries featured a considerable variety of local and regional versions – which were subsequently smoothed down and smartened up to create the
modern-day sports of association football, rugby football and, in Ireland, Gaelic football.
Primitive football was more disorganised, more violent, more spontaneous and usually played by an indefinite number of players. Frequently, games took the form of a heated
contest between whole villages – through streets and squares, across fields, hedges, fences and streams. Kicking was allowed, as in fact was almost everything else. Sometimes kicking
the ball was out of the question due to the size and weight of the sphere being used – in such cases, kicking was instead limited to taking out opponents.
For all the conflicting views on the origins of the game, one thing is incontestable: football has flourished for over a thousand years in diverse rudimentary forms, in the very region
which we describe as its home, Britain.