Football refers to a number of sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. The most popular of these sports worldwide is association football, more commonly known as just "football" or "soccer". Unqualified, the word football applies to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears, including association football, as well as American football, Australian rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby league, rugby union and other related games. These variations of football are known as football codes.
Various forms of football can be identified in history, often as popular peasant games. Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to the codification of these games at English public schools in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The influence and power of the British Empire allowed these rules of football to spread, including to areas of British influence outside of the directly controlled Empire, though by the end of the nineteenth century, distinct regional codes were already developing: Gaelic Football, for example, deliberately incorporated the rules of local traditional football games in order to maintain their heritage. In 1888, The Football League was founded in England, becoming the first of many professional football competitions. In the twentieth century, the various codes of football have become amongst the most popular team sports in the world.
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... Gaelic football was first codified in 1887, although it has links to older varieties of football played in Ireland and known collectively as caid ... is used by some people to refer to present day Gaelic football ... The first record of any form of football being played in Ireland comes from 1308, when John McCrocan, a spectator at a football game at Newcastle, County Dublin was charged with accidentally ...
... A drop kick is a type of kick in various codes of football ... Association football goalkeepers also often return the ball to play with drop kicks ... The kick was once in wide use in both Australian rules football and gridiron football, but is today rarely seen in either sport ...
... After receiving a pair of football boots, Ibrahimović began playing football at the age of six, alternating between local junior clubs Malmö BI and FBK Balkan ... At the age of 15, Ibrahimović was close to quitting his football career, in favour of working at the docks in Malmö, but his manager convinced him to continue playing ... above average grades, he soon dropped out of high school to focus on his football career ...
... Arsenal Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in Holloway, London ... One of the most successful clubs in English football, it has won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups ... the first club from the south of England to join the Football League ...
1937, an exhibition match between Arsenal's first team and the reserves was the first football match in the world to be televised live ... country, Arsenal have often featured when football is depicted in the arts in Britain ... They formed the backdrop to one of the earliest football-related films, The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939) ...
Famous quotes containing the word football:
“People stress the violence. Thats the smallest part of it. Football is brutal only from a distance. In the middle of it theres a calm, a tranquility. The players accept pain. Theres a sense of order even at the end of a running play with bodies stewn everywhere. When the systems interlock, theres a satisfaction to the game that cant be duplicated. Theres a harmony.”
—Don Delillo (b. 1926)
“In football they measure forty-yard sprints. Nobody runs forty yards in basketball. Maybe you run the ninety-four feet of the court; then you stop, not on a dime, but on Miss Libertys torch. In football you run over somebodys face.”
—Donald Hall (b. 1928)
“In this dream that dogs me I am part
Of a silent crowd walking under a wall,
Leaving a football match, perhaps, or a pit,
All moving the same way.”
—Philip Larkin (19221986)