How did football start?
football began to develop in the 1800s. Football was originally a
combination of soccer and rugby.
In 1874, the first game resembling present-day football was
played. The game was between Harvard and McGill College. As we
said, at this time, they played football like soccer and rugby.
Harvard wanted to play the game like soccer, and McGill wanted to
play the game like rugby. So you can see there was a lot of
confusion. They decided to play two games. One game was played like
rugby and the other game was played like soccer.
After the two games, Harvard agreed that McGill's way (like
rugby) was better. They liked it so much that they decided to
introduce the sport to other Eastern colleges. And that was how
college football began.
The first known professional game was played on August 31, 1895
between a team from Latrobe, PA and a team from Jeannette.
Jeannette lost 12-0. It wasn't really until the 1950s, though, that
pro football earned its popularity.