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How did soccer become a professional sport?

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When Association Football (Soccer) was first coded in 1863, the game was strictly amateur. Over the next three decades the game gained in popularity and so did the pressure for Soccer to become a professional sport. Some clubs gave better players illicit payments to retain their services and players were lured from club to club with similar irregular payments. The Football Association came under increasing pressure to eliminate these payments by professionalising the game or risk losing control. In 1895 the Football Association finally relented and allowed payments to players. Today the FA runs both professional and amateur leagues.

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