The History of Football-Soccer

Soccer, as we know it today, originated in England in the mid-nineteenth century. With the expansion of the British Empire at this time, the sport gained in prevalence throughout its colonies, and stayed popular after the fall of the empire. The game’s rules have not changed much since that time, though it has become even more widespread. Legendary players such as George Best, Diego Maradona, Pele and David Beckham have helped push this sport into the mainstream, and have thrilled the world with their skills. In this video, speaks with soccer writer and enthusiast John Doyle, author of The World is a Ball, who tells us more about the history and evolution of this wildly popular sport.

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