History of Football and Soccer
Well, the history of football is as interesting and suspicious as the game itself where situation can be changed at any time. Just like any other game there are different theories and different claims with this game as well, but consensus seems to be in the favor of 19thy century when football was established as a game as it is being played in the modern days. The origins of different ball games can be found in almost every civilization. Even in the modern world football, rugby, soccer etc. are some of the famous ball games. Even as of today, perhaps football is the most famous game that is played throughout the world.
It is also debated that history of football dates back to as early as 1800 BC when a famous ball game was played by Egyptian people. Some other people are of the opinion that ball games were also played in Ancient China as early as 2500 BC. Similar claims can be found in some other civilizations and countries such as Greek, Romans etc. No matter what game was played and in what form, but it wasn't until the late 19th century when this game took the current shape. All other ball games could be considered as the forerunners to the modern day football game.
As far as origins are concerned, it is strongly believed that modern day football was derived from the English game of rugby. Football or more popularly known as American football was started in 1879 by Walter Camp who was a famous football player and coach at Yale University. There won't be any exaggeration if we treat Walter as the father of modern football due to his contribution to this game and its rules. He was born in April 17, 1859, in New Haven, Connecticut. Later, for his studies he attended Yale University from 1876-1882 and during this period he contributed a lot to this game. Basically he was a student of medicines and business.