Soccer History

How did soccer become a professional sport?

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2010-12-20 10:59:19


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


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