There is Only One Game called Football!

Peter B. Giblett By Peter B. Giblett, 14th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/18era9pp/
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Football is a great game, played across the world, by people of all creeds and colours, all religions, all classes. For some it is a religion, the religion. One fact there are more than two million people support Manchester United from every corner of the world, yet the vast majority of these do not even know where Manchester is. How can a game impact so many?

Superbowl, Super What?

Recently the USA experienced Superbowl fervour, yet for much of the world the game of American Football seems strange as they do not play the game. For them there is only one game called Football. I thought I would explore this game called football from an uniquely English perspective.

This Game called Football

This got me thinking about football. One thing is true, there is only one game called football. It is the game of kings and paupers alike, but it is not the game played at the Superbowl; or is it? And ladies, before you switch off it is the ONLY sport where women can become professionals too.

Football is an old game! The Brewers club played an early version of the game as early as 1421, but this was unlikely to have been the first time the game was played. By all accounts there is a Mesoamerican ballgame that has some similarities to the game we know today, but it is no longer played and no rules are known to exist today. Also Ancient Greeks as well as the Romans were thought to have played ball games which involved the use of the feet.

Did you know that football is a royal game? Apparently Henry VIII, he of six wives fame, owned a pair of football boots. These shoes cost him the princely sum of four shillings in 1525 were made by his personal shoemaker. They were found on a list of the king's clothes made when he died in 1547.

Football was a rough game in those days, fast furious, and led to riots in local townships, so what has changed? With a game of such prestige how can it fail?

A Round Ball

Football is played with a round ball. it meant to be kicked, and not handled. With this princely tool magic happens, when placed at the feet of a David Beckham or Ronaldo. It is said that every player’s dream to play at Wembley in the FA Cup final – hey that is not the Superbowl is it?

There are thousands of football teams playing in games around the world every day of the week involving millions of players. Mostly that play for the joy of the game and most players have no realistic expectation to become well know international players. Kicking that round ball is all that matters, because for them there is only one game called FOOTBALL.

But that Cannot be True...

BUT I am forgetting myself – to let you know that I hail from a small West London suburb called Twickenham. and this is location of the headquarters of the Rugby Football Union and in those hallowed halls they believe that there is only one game called football and that game is played with an oval ball. Oh dear my dream is shattered! So there is only one game called football, but that operates under a different code of rules.

Passing is done with the hands, not with the feet, and you are only allowed to pass the ball to a player behind you by lateraling the ball. Rugby football is a style of football that is believed to have originated from a game that was played at Rugby School in England. Yet it is possible that these games have common origins, they have just taken different paths to get to the games that exist today.

And Where Does the Superbowl Fit In?

But we are still a long way from the Superbowl, or are we?

We English have a proud sporting heritage – are we the world champions? NO! We have simply invented every popular sport, including American Football, we have left it to the rest of the world to master our inventions.

So what are the origins of American Football? Well Rugby of course. It is just as well it went in a different direction as the forward passes and the line of scrimmage, not to mention the professionalism in the game would have earned it expulsion from the RFU. American football came about as a result of some divergences from rugby, most notably the rules implemented by Walter Camp more than a century ago, check it out on Wikipedia.

What is it with those shoulder pads? Who would think that TV and fashion stars (from the TV Series Dynasty) would influence sport.

Even the Canadian game had very similar origins, in 1884 through the founding of the Canadian Rugby Football Union.

BUT There are Other Games called Football

Another offshoot from Rugby Union is the game of Rugby League, which was an offshoot of the game of Rugby forced by the need to pay working class players on a part time basis in order that they could take time of from work in order to play. This split occurred in 1895 when the new league was setup in Huddersfield in Northern England. Another split on the basis of professionalism that would not be healed until the end of the 20th century.

Some other games include:

* Gaelic football, played primarily in Ireland.
* Australian rules

Yet on any given Game Day...

We know that there is only ONE game called Football? This is true, but what matter is which field you step out to play on and on that particular day!

Football is a great game, played across the world, by people of all creeds and colours, all religions, all classes. For some it is a religion, the religion. One fact there are more than two million people support Manchester United from every corner of the world, yet the vast majority of these do not even know where Manchester is in the UK. There is a belief that football is capable of saving the world and bringing peace. Whilst this may be highly speculative football lives in the heart and souls of most of us.

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American Football, Canadian Football League, David Beckham, Fa Cup, Football, Football Skill, Football World Cup, Nfl, Ronaldo, Rugby, Rugby League, Rugby World Cup, Shoulder Pads, Sport, Sport Fans, Sporting Events, Sports, Twickenham

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author avatar Tempest
16th Mar 2011 (#)

I also believe that football is a great sport.

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author avatar Kimmy92
18th Mar 2011 (#)

I'd like to ask a few questions...
Your comment: "And ladies, before you switch off it is the ONLY sport where women can become professionals too."

How is football the only sport where women can become professionals? I assumed tennis (which to my knowledge is one of the highest paid female sports around) cricket, netball etc. amongst football were all professional sports for women. Oh, and I am a woman who *isn't* switching off when it comes to football, and I'm very sure I'm not the only one! Also, I wouldn't reccommend researching from the highly inaccurate source 'Wikipedia' as many of the information located on the site is wrong. I could write 'Henry VIII loved his pet monkey Bob and taught him how to kick a ball' in a highly sophicated manner using some wordy vocab to make it sound really good. But it isn't right. Try elsewhere. And football isn't a royal sport, as in Jacobian times (Shakespeare's era) being named a 'base-football player' (as in the play 'King Lear') is known to be an insult to paupers. Wikipedia is not a good place to get your information from, or to reccommend others to use it. Hope this has shed some light on your page!

Ps. Football is a great game.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Very true.

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