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What is the name of the person who started soccer in England?

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September 14, 2011 11:37AM

The game of 'Cuju' in 2nd and 3rd century BC China is among the earliest evidence of football. Along with many other examples from across Europe (including Medievil England) the ancient examples can be somewhat ambiguous towards the Modern Game of Football (Soccer).

The modern rules of Football are based on mid-19th century efforts to standardise the varying forms played at the Public Schools of England. The Cambridge rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were particularly influential in the development of Assosiation football and subsequent codes. However, these codes were not universally adopted.

During the mid 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English speaking world to play various forms of Football. Some developed distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed in 1857, which led to the Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School also devised an influential set of rules.

Such ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association (The FA) in 1863.

The laws of the game are currently determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The board was formed in 1886 following a meeting in Manchester of The FA, the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales and the Irish Football Association.

The world's oldest football competition is the FA Cup, which was founded by C.W. Alcock and has been contested by English teams since 1872.

The federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international football body, was formed in Paris in 1904 and declared that they would adhere to Laws of the Game of the Football Association.

see www.WIKIPEDIA.ORG and search 'FOOTBALL (soccer)' for more information.