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The game of football (soccer) was originally a mix of Rugby and soccer as we know today. However, in 1870 ther was a move to formalise the game which then was called football. The rules of the game allowed the ball to be handled and carried to the rear of the ball carrier to pass but the events of web elllis running forward carrying the ball (which really wasnt in the rules) became the new way of playing. Added to this "hacking" (the kicking of the legs from beneath the ball carrier) was also allow. In the new step up handling and hacking became against the rules and teh Football Association was created - Supportes of te ball carrying game split and formed the Rugby football union. The game of American football can be traced (in the same line as rugby and football/soccer) back to Atherstone Shrovetide Game, dating back to 1199 and the Eton Wall Game All of which were UK based. The games were in basic a rough free for all where teams were not equal and frequently had 100 people on the field of play.

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Football (soccer) and rugby were until the very late 1800's the same game. When the Football league was created rugby lovers took their game and created the Rugby union. American football is derived from Rugby ,Australian rules football

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Rugby does precede American Football and in design some aspects are acknowledged as coming from rugby

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