The creation of the world’s most popular sport is disputed, as there is a long history of the sport growing and evolving over time. Nearly every major soccer country claims to have played a role in the invention of soccer, with Italy, England, and Greece being the main three. The most famous theory of when soccer was invented dates way back to ancient history in late 200 B.C. when the Han Dynasty in China created a game called Tsu Chu, which translates to kicking the ball. This version of soccer is vastly different than today’s game as one can imagine, and it is interesting to look at some of the differences. The most noticeable difference is the fact there were no fouls and penalties. Additionally, the nets were located around 30 feet from the ground. While there are reports of ancient Greeks inventing soccer as early as 2500 B.C, Tsu Chu is the version most similar to the sport we know and love today.
Who Invented Soccer?
Although the Chinese version of soccer is the earliest version of soccer most similar to how we play today, it is still enormously different. In the 19th century, England started to take the game more seriously. They developed a more established version by creating rules to limit fouls and rough play. Other countries followed suit, creating teams and leagues, growing the sport of soccer to what we know today.