In what year was football first played?
Although several Ivy League schools have been playing various versions of kicking games since the 1820s, the first recognized intercollegiate football game happened in 1869 between Princeton and Rutgers.
It depends on which code of football you are referring to. European football has been played for hundreds of years, Gaelic Football for over a thousand years, American Football and Australian Rules Football are very recent versions or codes and only played for 150 to 200 years. You need to specify which code e.g. soccer, gridiron auusie rules, rugby, gaelic football etc.