How was soccer made?
There are many codes of football, Soccer being just one. Others popular codes include American Football, Canadian Football, Gaelic Football, Australian Rules Football, Rugby league and Rugby Union Football. They can all trace their origins to ball games played at Shrovetide in Medieval Europe which were later developed by Public schools and Universities in many English speaking Countries. This included educational establishments in England, Ireland, Canada, the USA, Australia and others.
The man who drafted the 'Laws of the game' for the particular form of football commonly known as 'Soccer' or 'Association football' (to give this form of football it's full title) was a man called Ebenezer Cobb Morley. Ebenezer, along with other co-authors, agreed the rules at a public house called the Freemasons Tavern in London on 26th October 1863. Morley became the Football Associations first secretary. He also founded the Barnes Football Club in 1862 which he captained against Richmond football club in the first ever soccer match. The game ended 0-0. Ebenezer died in 1924 and is buried at a Cemetery on Barnes Common not far from where he drafted the Laws of the game at 26 The Terrace, Barnes, London. A blue plaque commemorating his life's work was placed on the wall of this address by English Heritage in 2009.
The word 'soccer' is a phonetic abbreviation of the word 'Association' coined by English public school students who took the 'soc' from 'Association' and put an 'er' on the end. That is why before 1863 the word soccer did not exist. It is probably worth noting the same students called Rugby football 'Rugger' but this word fell out of use.
Some acronyms for U.S. Pro Soccer would include the USSF which stands for the United States Soccer Federation and there are also three professional soccer league divisions under the United States Soccer Federation. Division I, the strongest and highest division, is made up of teams from MLS or Major League Soccer. Division II is made up of teams from the NASL or the North American Soccer League. Division III, the weakest and lowest division, is…