Football today would certainly not
be the same if it had not existed.
ELTON WELSBY, mangling
an observation on the state of soccer
Soccer’s existence could be seen as almost inevitable: the kicking motion is, physiologically, one of the most natural among those used in sports, while others, such as throwing a ball overhand, are not. No wonder kicking games have been around for thousands of years. Here is not a complete history of soccer but a look at some of the more notable, revealing, or odd moments in the sport’s evolution.
Cambridge University and Harvard University. One in Cambridge, England, one in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One nicknamed the Light Blues, the other the Crimson. One played a leading role in creating soccer, the other changed the course of soccer in America.
The sport owes an enormous debt to Cambridge University. Although many of England’s exclusive schools were playing a form of the game in the early nineteenth century, it was Cambridge whose rules helped form the framework for the modern game.
Eton, Winchester, Charterhouse, Westminster, Uppingham, Shrewsbury, and other elite public schools (what Americans would call private schools) tried to bring order to what was little more than a street