Interesting Facts about Football

Interesting Facts about Football

Football is one of the most popular sports with fans all around the world. Here are some interesting facts about the football game.

  • Football first originated in China around 476 BC and was referred to as Cuju.
  • The first football ball was made of leather and the players had to kick it through a hole made in a piece of silk cloth. When the sport started playing in England instead of a proper ball, players often used an animal bladder.
  • The game was named “football” because it is played on foot and not because the ball is kicked with the foot.
  • English Sheffield Football Club is the first football club found by Major William Priest and Colonel Nathaniel Creswick, two British Army Officers in 1857.
  • From 1913, the goalies are required to wear a shirt with a different color than their teammates.
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man who walked on the moon wanted to carry a football with him but NASA didn’t allow the same.
  • More than 80% of the footballs used around the world are manufactured in Pakistan.

  • One of the first basketball games were played with football ball.
  • The largest ever football tournament was held in 1999, the second Bangkok League, where 5,098 teams take part including more than 35,000 football players.
  • The world heard about Ronaldinho when he scored 23 goals in a match his team won by 23-0.
  • The team StadeOlympique de L’emyrne from Madagascar scored 149 goals against them as a mark of protest for an unfair referee decision.
  • In 1937 at Highbury Stadium, the first live coverage of a football match was made between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves.
  • Pele is the youngest World Cup winner. He won the cup in 1958 with 17 years and 249 days.
  • Dino Zoff, the Italian goalkeeper is the oldest World Cup winner. He won the cup in 1982 with 40 years and 133 days.
  • There are more football members in FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) than in the U.N. (United Nations).
  • Today, the game in America and Canada is known as “Soccer”.

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