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Who made soccer and why?

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Soccer evolved over a number of years, and, as such, was not invented by one person. It was developed like so many other sports because many saw it as an attractive place to try one's skills and because it looked like it would be enjoyable. Kicking a ball goes back many hundreds of years in a number of cultures around the world, and it's not hard to imagine that it began with one one person kicking a round object about with his feet just for the fun of it. Click on the link and scroll down to the history of the game for more information.

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The man who drafted the 'Laws of the game' for 'Soccer' or 'Association football' was a man called Ebenezer Cobb Morley. Ebenezer, along with other co-authors, agreed the rules at a public house called the Freemasons Tavern in London on 26th October 1863. Morley became the Football Associations first secretary. He also founded the Barnes Football Club in 1862 which he captained against Richmond football club in the first ever soccer match. The game ended 0-0. Ebenezer died in 1924 and is buried at a Cemetery on Barnes Common not far from where he drafted the Laws of the game at 26 The Terrace, Barnes, London. A blue plaque commemorating his life's work was placed on the wall of this address by English Heritage in 2009. The word soccer is a phonetic abbreviation of the word 'Association' coined by English public school students who took the 'soc' from 'Association' and put an 'er' on the end. That is why before 1863 the word soccer did not exist. It is probably worth noting the same students called Rugby football 'Rugger' but this word fell out of use.

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