As a result, around ten years after the Association, the Rugby Football Union emerged—cool. The two games diverged after this moment.
They named their new organization the Football Association, and their version of the game was christened "Association Football." The term "association" was coined to differentiate their sport from other popular sports of the day, such as "rugby football."... The earliest reference to this term in print appears in an article written by E. W. Lane for the November 6, 1869, issue of Notes and Queries: "The association football is played with a ball composed of leather filled with cork or gutta percha.
This game was first introduced at University College, London, in 1863. It was there that William Alexander Smith invented what is now known as the offside rule. The goal was originally called a "goals" and was always a fixed object located between the opponents' lines. If it were outside the penalty area, then it was called a "goal"; if it were inside the area, then it was invalid and a free kick was given to the opposing team. This is why the offside rule is sometimes referred to as the "University College Rule."
The first international match played by the Football Association took place on September 22, 1872, when England beat Scotland 2-1 at Kennington Oval. The original rules of the game were designed by Henry Blaxell and Herbert Ashworth of University College.
Rugby football, named after an English boarding school, was a variant in which players carried and ran with the ball to progress it toward the goal. As a result, the game played according to the Football Association's regulations became known as "association football." The word "football" comes from the Latin term fúlcus, or "ball," because the game was originally played with a round leather ball that could be passed back and forth between players on each team.
The first association football match was played in 1863 between two London teams. It was a failure because there were too many handling errors with the ball, so it was not until five years later that it succeeded as we know it today. This successful version was created by John Charles Fields (who had no connection to the rugby variation), and it was he who designed what has become the standard set of rules for the sport. These rules were published in 1871 and have been modified several times since then.
In 1872, a form of association football was introduced into America by William G. Morgan who had come over from England to work for the New York Tribune. He called his new game "soccer" and it has remained popular across the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
American football is a relatively recent sport, having been developed in the nineteenth century. Anyone who has watched a game or merely held an American football can tell you that it was inspired (at least in part) by rugby. In 1869, the first collegiate American football game was played. The game was a success, so more games were played and the rules were formalized over time. It is not known exactly how the rules of modern-day football were developed, but it is known that they were based on changes to the rugby game made in 1876 by New York University coach William "Ned" Hayes.
The original rugby game was played on a field divided into two equal parts, one for each team. There were no goals, just as there are in soccer. Instead, points were scored by kicking ball into a goal area called the try zone. Teams would attempt to score points by running with the ball or catching it while moving forward. A player could be tagged out by a opposing player who touched him to stop him from continuing play.
Rugby was very different from football today. First of all, there were only seven players per team instead of eleven. Also, there were no downs: if the ball was not kicked into the try zone, your team lost even if someone else accidentally ran into them with the ball.
These differences between rugby and football led many people to believe that they weren't related at all.
The name "soccer" derives from the use of the phrase "association football" in the United Kingdom and dates back 200 years. "Association football" was shortened to "soccer." After these two games spread over the Atlantic, Americans devised their own version of the game in the early 1900s, which they simply dubbed "football."
The first official international match played by the modern rules of association football was held in England in 1872, between England and Germany. The Germans won 1-0. In the years following the victory, various versions of the game continued to evolve across Europe. It was not until the late 1880s that association football became popular in its present form in the United States.
The first American football game was played on November 6, 1892, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The University of Chicago Elis competed in this game, which was also the first intercollegiate game played by either team. The University of Chicago won this game 7-0.
From the beginning, American football has been closely related to college sports. This is probably because most colleges and universities in America were established in the Christian religion, so "Protestantism" became associated with American football. The Protestant work ethic also helped fuel its rise as a popular sport throughout the country.
Until the mid-1890s, American football was mostly played by students in colleges and universities.