Soccer evolved over the ages since 2000 years ago, when the Chinese kicked an animal skin ball on green pastures to the emergence of one of the most professionally organized World Cup tournament in 2018 in Russia.
Until the beginning of the 19th Century, this sport was played in schools at an intermediate level. Then, it was possible to make refinements and you get to set your own set of rules and regulations at a fairly standard and easy going level of the game.
As the 19th Century advanced a new outlook developed towards soccer. Schools observed how the sport allowed individuals to display their qualities of discipline, loyalty, integrity, and ambition to strive for success in a competitive stage.
This development finally reached a pinnacle when the Cambridge University formed universal rules & regulations of the game in 1848 and then in 1863 when 11 soccer clubs from universities were sent to representatives at the Freemason’s Tavern.
The progress of the sport from here on being unthinkable, as the first ever soccer association, was formed with 50 member clubs which then led to the advent of the first ever soccer tournament- The FA Cup.
20th Century British Colonization then led to the popularity of professional soccer with countries like Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Uruguay, Hungary, and Finland all forming their respective soccer associations and cabled their intention to join FIFA founded in the year 1904 in Paris.
The international soccer community grew consistently, although with a few obstacles over a period of years, bringing in consistency to the administration of the sport and also parity in its rules and regulations.
The 21st Century has seen the popularity of the sport reach its peak with 208 members present in every nook and corner of the world, as every country strives hard to come through qualification to win a participating place in the world’s largest sporting competition.
The highly successful World Cup 2018 in Russia with the introduction of Goal Line technology surely marks the evolution of soccer on a global level.