History of Soccer

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

American Soccer History Archives __ If you want to know about it, you will probably find a soccer resource to cover it here. - From Dave Litterer - http://www.sover.net/~spectrum/index.html 

A Brief History of Soccer __ Soccer, or something similar to it, has been played for nearly three thousand years.  You will find an overview of that history. - From Laingsburg, Michigan AYSO Region 862 - http://www.korrnet.org/ayso275/history.shtml 

EF Soccer History __ A lot of information packed in here.  "Read about the origins and evolution of Association Football. Everything from the ancient Chinese, Greek and Meso-America ball games to Calcio and Mob Football." - illustrated - From expertfootball.com - http://www.expertfootball.com/history/ 

Football Club History Database __ You will find a brief statistical breakdown of the history of football clubs in England and Wales. - From fchd.btinternet.co.uk - http://www.fchd.btinternet.co.uk/ 

Histora.org : The World Football Historian __ You will find just about anything about soccer you want including good history.  Find data by year, rankings, specific tournaments, and more. - From Histora.org - http://www.histora.org/ 


History and development __ "Games revolving around the kicking of a ball have been played in many countries throughout history. The earliest documented version is the Mesoamerica ballgame, played by the Olmec as early as 1500 BC. The ancient Chinese game Cuju is mentioned in military manuals from the time of the Qin Dynasty (255–206 BC).  An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soccer#History_and_development  

The History of Indoor Soccer in the United States __ "To some the game of indoor soccer is new, but just as the outdoor game in the U.S. didn't begin with Pele, the indoor game wasn't born when the Major Indoor Soccer League came into being. Incredible though it may seem indoor, or "rink" soccer as it was known then, was played at least as early as 1885 when the Canadian team that visited New Jersey to play an outdoor international also played a series of indoor games."  You will find a good overview. - From Dave Litterer - http://www.sover.net/~spectrum/indoor.html 


History of Soccer __ You will find a small collection of articles on the history of soccer. - From expertfootball.com - http://expertfootball.com/history/

The History of Soccer __ "There is documentary evidence that a a game or skill building exercise, involving kicking a ball into a small net, was used by the ancient Chinese military during the Han Dynasty - around the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC."  You will find this and many other tidbits. - From about.com - http://worldsoccer.about.com/cs/historyandstats/a/sochistart.htm 


The History Of Soccer. How Soccer Was Invented. __ "Many different cultures have played a sport similar to the modern game of soccer but no one can really say with any certainty when or where soccer began but it is known that the earlier variations of what later became soccer were played almost 3000 years ago."  An overview of soccer history with links to much more information. - from athleticscholarships.net - http://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-soccer.htm 

Major League Soccer History __ Stats, standings, team players, competitions, events and history. - illustrated - From web.mlsnet.com - http://web.mlsnet.com/history/ 

National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum __ You will find a wide range of soccer history including information and pictures of hall of fame inductees. - illustrated - From National Soccer Hall of Fame - http://www.soccerhall.org/ 

A Short History of Soccer __ You will find several click-to-read articles and resources about soccer history and other goodies about the game. - illustrated - From Tony Brown - http://www.soccer.mistral.co.uk/hist1.htm 


Soccer History - Football Origin __ "Soccer History and Information including world cup history, soccer origin, history of soccer, FIFA ranking, rules of soccer and Europe Premier League Table." - illustrated - From all-soccer-info.com - http://www.all-soccer-info.com/ 

Soccer Training Info - Soccer History __ For those wanting information in a little more detail, then this is the history of soccer for you. - illustrated - From soccer-training-info.com - http://www.soccer-training-info.com/history_of_soccer.asp 

SportsKnowHow.com - History of Soccer - Page 1 __ A good look at the history of the game.  Other pages in the article can be accessed from here. - from sportsknowhow.com - http://www.sportsknowhow.com/soccer/history/soccer-history.shtml 

Women's Soccer History in the USA: An Overview __ Learn about the growth of Women's Soccer in the U.S.  "Women’s soccer has had an unusual genesis in the United States. As the 21st century commences, the US finds itself as arguably the top country in the world for women’s soccer, both in terms of participation and in international competition. Yet, women’s soccer got off to a fairly late start in this country." - From sover.net - http://www.sover.net/~spectrum/womensoverview.html 


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