Football is a confusing and entertaining word and a sport that embodies the pride of a nation and the strength of an athlete. Elsewhere, soccer is a game known as football in America. American football is where the quarterback throws the ball to a catcher and everyone runs around the grill. And football in Europe and other parts of the world means football, where guys run around the pitch throwing a ball around their knees and head. Phew! It was confusing. So who really invented football?
The “father of American football”, Walter C. Camp was a football coach and sports writer and the one who invented football. His name has become a legend in the history of American football. He took rugby to the next level and invented football. He borrowed a term from the rugby match and applied it to football; in rugby, five guys have lined up and are called scrum; in football it changes the five guys into seven guys forming the offensive line, this is called the line of scrimmage. You understand? Scrum and scrum?
Some people claim that football is truly a Canadian game and that it was a Canadian who invented football. Invented by the replacement for British troops entering Quebec in the 1600s. Canadian universities then introduced the game to American colleges. It is said that by the time America heard about football for the first time, Canada already had some sort of professional football league.
Some say that football was invented by the Chinese a thousand years ago. The ancient Chinese were said to have kicked a ball for exercise and fun. It is said that the English only reinvented the sport after explorers traveled to this distant land. So, was it really the Chinese who invented football?
They say it all started in Rome. The Romans started playing football very differently around this time, it is said that originally they threw and threw the pig’s head while staking a claim. They found it fun and engaging, so it became a sport and so it was they who invented football.
Was it the English who invented football, or did they? It has been reported that forms of football were played as early as 1200 in England. As proof, they pointed out a game seen played in ancient Greece, it is believed to be the predecessor of football. But this game would be banned by King Henry VI and in the 19th century, it was divided into two games; football and rugby. And as American football evolved from rugby, the English basically claim both football sports.