Soccer History

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Why is Association Football sometimes called Soccer?

The proper name of the sport is Association football (both words are part of the game's name; simply "football" is insufficient, though common). It refers to the game that is played using the IFAB's Laws of the Game, such as in the FIFA World Cup. The name is a reference to the English Football Association, which was (originally, and quite literally) an association of schools that agreed to use the same set of rules. Before the rules were codified into the first widely-accepted edition of the London Rules in 1863, each school had its own version of the rules.

The term "soccer" was coined in 1871 upon the foundation of the Rugby Football Union, an offshoot rule set originating from a disagreement during the codification of the London Rules (now known as IFAB'sLaws of the Game), in order to differentiate the different versions of football. The word itself was derived from the third through the fifth letters of "Association" ("soc") and used in a diminutive manner, much like those who call it "Football" might shorten the name to "footy".

Generally, the term "football" refers to a category or class of game, that is, one played with a ball and involves using the feet for a purpose other than running (or hurting people). In most parts of the world, local usage of the term refers to the most popular form of football played in the region, usually Association football.

In non-English-speaking countries, the game's name often means "football", such as "fútbol" in Spanish and "voetbal" in Dutch. This is an extension of the regional aspect of the name game, as explained above. If you translate these words into American English, they will mean "soccer", but a translation to British English will yield "football". The sport is called "football" in all of South America and Asia, most of Africa and Europe, and just a few places in Australia and North America (the usage in Antarctica is unknown, as the penguins aren't very talented and don't talk much).

Other forms of football include Rugby Union ("rugger"), Rugby League, American football (NFL or Gridiron football), Gaelic football (in Ireland), Australian Rules football, and numerous other lesser-known or obsolete rule sets. Even Kickball is sometimes called "football" by a very tiny population! These other football games are usually called "football" in regions and among groups where they are most popular.

In the United States, Ireland, Australia, and most of Canada and South Africa (and formerly, New Zealand), for instance, the more popular local football games are called "football" (such as NFL/Gridiron football in the United States). In such places, the term "soccer" is preferred in reference to Association football, and even defined as such in their dictionaries.

It is interesting to note, as mentioned above, that the term "soccer" was invented in England by the people who codified it - the same people many of whom now chide Americans for using that term! Conversely, some Americans who prefer the British term jokingly refer to Gridiron football as "throw-ball", much to the delight of their neighbors from across the pond.

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What is the leeds salute?

The Leeds salute is now a well established part of our culture, to do it make a fist with your right arm place the thumb edge of the fist on your heart, extend your arm fully outwards and slightly upwards. The salute is used when we get a corner kick and is accompanied but a low grunting LEEDS LEEDS LEEDS. It has sometimes been used to ascertain whether someone is friend or foe at away games.

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When was association football invented?

The English Football Association created the first widely accepted official rules of the game in 1863, dubbing the game association football. These rules were known as the "Laws of the Game."

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Top 10 world richest footballers?

Todays list out on 7/10/2010 are as follows.1) David Beckham 100. Million Pounds

2) Michael Owen 40 million pounds, 3)Rio Ferdinand 34 Million pounds, 4) Sol Campbell31 Million pounds, Ryan Giggs 27 Million pounds, 6) Wayne Rooney25 Million pounds, 7) Steven Gerrard 22 Million pounds., Frank Lampard 22 Million pounds, John Terry 19 Million pounds, and Patrick Vieira 18 Million pounds.

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Who hosted the world cup in 1982?

Spain

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Who hosts Spike's Knockout sports world?

I think it is Voice actor John Dimaggio who has played Fu Dog in Jake Long Shnitzel/Chestnut on Chowder, Bender from Futurama and is currently seen on Adventure time with Finn and Jake as JAKE

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Why do soccer players kiss their wrists after scoring a goal?

because, as maradona says, it is the hand of god to them

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Scotland
Glasgow

Name 3 players who have played in the Glasgow derby the Merseyside derby and the Manchester derby and London derby?

Paul Stewart Andrei Kanchelskis Michael Ball

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What are some famous soccer players jersey numbers?

1 - Goalkeepers usually wear this number

5 - Franz Beckenbaur's number for Germany when they won the 1974 World Cup

6 - The Number Franco Baresi wore at AC Milan and Bobby Moore wore for England when they won the 1966 World

7 - Pele's Number for Brazil and Cristiano Ronaldo's current shirt number for Real Madrid (Raul also wore this number)

9 - Many Clubs give this to their star striker

10 - Geoff Hurst's 1966 World Cup Number for England and Lionel Messi's current number for Barcelona

13 - This may be an unlucky number but Gerd Muller who scored a record 68 Goals in just 63 Appearances for Germany wore this number for the 1974 World Cup.

21 - Consider it the best number ever if you are a forward, because it is the combined number of all legends- Pele (7), Suarez (7), Neymar Jr (7).

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When was soccer first invented?

Different types of 'football' have been played for centuries (there are references to football-type games being played as far back as the middle-ages) though rules were put in place to try and unify these individual games into the sport we know today in 1848.

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What famous soccer players wore number 33?

Nicola Legrotaglie and Bastian Schweinsteiger (I hope that's spelled correctly (: )

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Africa
Ghana

How many times did Ghana win Africa cup on nation?

4

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Financial Statements

How do you make a trial balance from T Accounts?

You would add up both columns on the T account and put the highest figure as the total for BOTH columns. Then in the column which was less you add a balancing figure call Balance Carried Forward to make that column match the other.

Below the totals you would put Balance Brought Foward which is the same as the balance carried forward but it should go on the other side.

You then list all the Balance Brought Fowards figures, keeping them in their debit or credit side. That list becomes the trial balance.

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Can any one explain world cup result abbrevations like A F GD?

Pld = total games played

W = total games won

D = total games drawn (tied)

L = total games lost

GF = total goals scored (goals for)

GA = total goals conceded (goals against)

GD = goal difference (GF-GA)

Pts = total points accumulated (teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss)

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Which race developed soccer?

Soccer was invented in England and became popular in Great Britain in the mid-19th century. No one really invented soccer. Soccer was invented in England called football in the 1830's I think the Aztecs invented soccer. No specific person invented soccer, the first people who played soccer were the Romans. Scotland invented soccer, Queens Park was where the first team put a goal bar on the top of the posts. Scotland was the first country to have a professional league starting in 1890 between Dumbarton and the Rangers. The Chinese actually invented soccer and it then spread to England. Later it was perfected which is the game we now know. The Chinese invented soccer, and the British and Romans refined the idea and made the rules easier to understand. South American's invented what we English call football. The English and Italians developed football over a couple of centuries and perfected it to the game we see today. Arguably soccer was invented in London in 1863 when men sat down to codify the games that they had enjoyed playing at their "public schools". An association called "The Football Association" was formed. The word "soccer" is short for "Association Football", as distinct from "Rugby Football", which was another sport codified by ex public schoolboys in the late 19th century. The British invented soccer The Chinese invented soccer in the second and third centuries. The English invented football. football was originally a game a whole village played with a pigs head and you had to get it to the other side of the village without being stopped by the other team, there was little rules at this time. Football then became more structuded when both the English and Scottish added rules, from the Scottish putting a crossbar on a net to form the goals, to some English fool adding the offside rule. The first official team was Sheffield FC which was established in 1857. In short the English invented football... Sambo. that is right sheffield f.c was the ever professional football team which means sheffield invented football. Soccer was invented all over the world

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What soccer boots do zinedine zidane wear?

He wears different kinds of Adidas Predators.

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What famous soccer players wear number 23?

Andrey Arshavin

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David Beckham

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FIFA Video Game Series

Is chile on FIFA 11?

No. As of August 10, 2010, they became the 10th world ranking team.

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FIFA World Cup

Who was the first team to win soccer world cup twice?

It was Italy.

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Wrestling

Who was the Most successful footballer ever?

The following records are as they currently stand in Europe:

The most successful footballer player ever in terms of winners' medals: Ryan Giggs with Manchester United-33 (12x League, 4x FA Cup, 4x League Cup, 8x Community/ Charity shield, 2x UEFA Champions League, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Intercontinental Cup, 1x FIFA Club World Cup).

Most successful player in UEFA European Champions Clubs' Cup era: Francisco Gento with Real Madrid-6(1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966) .

Most successful in UEFA Champions League era: Paolo Maldini with AC Milan-5 (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007)

Most successful player in FIFA World Cup: Pelewith Brazil-3 (1958, 1962, 1970)

Most Individual Honours: Ronaldo with Brazil, Internazionale, Barcelona, Real Madrid-5 (3x Fifa World Player of the Year, 2x Ballon d'Or)

NB: The two individual honours were combined from the 2010 season to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi has won both awards since (2010, 2011).

Statistics don't really define success though, for example, Zidane was voted the best player to come out of Europe in the last 50 years but only won 1 Champions League title. Also good examples, Johann Cruyff, Garrincha, Maradona, Stanley Matthews.

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Were did soccer come from?

From China.A very old Chinese piece of writing describes the game being played there and the Han dynasty were avid followers of the game.

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"Soccer" was created in 1863 but the evolution of Soccer or "Association Football" can be traced back hundreds of years to a ball game known as "Shrovetide football". The word "football" is from the English language and from early medieval times the term "fote-ball" (first recorded c.1400) was used to describe a 'ball game played on foot' not necessarily with the foot. Early football games were not only played by the English but also by other European peoples groups under different names with localised innovations. Other forms include Irish "Caid" meaning 'Ball' the ancestor of Gaelic football, Cornish Hurling "Hyrlîan", Welsh Hurling "Cnapan", "Knattleikr" a Viking ball game. A game called "La Soule" meaning 'The Ball' was played in France), "Ba" pronounced baw meaning 'Ball' played in Scotland and "Ball play" or "Playing at ball" or significantly "fote-ball" games played in England. These medieval ball games are the ones from which all modern football codes evolved and the Shrovetide ball game referred to as "fote-ball" is the version from which all modern football games take their name. These games may have evolved from a game played by the Romans called "Harpastum" which itself was an adaptation of an Ancient Greek game called "Episkyros" or "Phaininda" which, dating back to at least the 4th century BC, is the Worlds oldest known ball game that matches the medieval definition of football. It is worth noting that Harpastum was later recreated in 16th centaury Italy as "Calcio". Although there is a strong possibility the Roman and Greek ball games evolved into Shrovetide football and other similar ball games played in Europe as yet there are no verifiable connections. The Ancient Chinese also played a game called "Cuju" that dates back to the late 3rd centaury BC which has similarities to Association football. However, despite attempts by FIFA to infer an historical link between Cuju and Association Football there are no connections between Cuju and early ball games played in medieval Europe.

The creation of Soccer: For century's football was played by various different rules in Public school and villages in the UK. Then in 1848 Cambridge University attempted to create a standard set of rules for Public schools. Two former students of Shrewsbury School Mr. H. de Winton and Mr. J.C. Thring organized a meeting at Trinity College, Cambridge with 12 representatives from other schools namely Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester and Shrewsbury. In the eight hour meeting these men created what became the 'blue print' for Soccer. These rules became known as the "Cambridge Rules" which unlike "Rugby School Rules" (1823) favours a game in which the ball would be kicked more than carried. In 1863 a solicitor from Hull called Ebenezer Cobb Morley wrote an article for Bell's Life newspaper promoting the idea of a new regulatory body for football. This led to the formation of the "Football Association" whose main aim was to standardise the rules of football nationally. This new code was to be based on the Cambridge Rules. The 'Laws of the game' for Soccer or Association football were drafted by E. C. Morley along with other founder members of the Football Association. They 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 but in a return game he scored the first ever goal. He 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.

Entomology of the word soccer: 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 prior to 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.

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Field Hockey

What game the Indira Gandhi world cup is awarded?

Hockey

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How many World Cup medals have Netherlands earned before this World Cup?

The Netherlands were runners-up (thus receiving the silver medal) three times: 1974, 1978, 2010.

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Who is the youngest coach in 2010 world cup?

I think it was a Mr Weiss.

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How many times did Bolivia win the world cup?

Bolivia have never won the world cup but they have played in it.

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