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What country did the NFL originate from?

The United States of America. (Football has its roots in soccer and rugby, which are English games. But American football -- and definitely the NFL -- is American.)


Why is American football called football if the feet are hardly used?

Because Soccer, Rugby and American/Canadian football all have their roots in a similar variety of games that all involved (to varying degrees) kicking a ball through a goal, all of which were commonly called football. Different regions of the world each called the game that became most popular in their region by the generic name of football. American Football, Australian Rules Football (aka Rugby) and Soccer (international football) are simply reflecting this historical naming confusion. The players feet are not "hardly" used in American Football. They use their feet through the entire game; they just don't touch the ball as often as in soccer. It's also worth noting that of all the world's football codes (soccer, American/gridiron football, rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football, Gaelic football), soccer is the ONLY one that prohibits use of the hands. All of the other codes allow all players to use the hands, and they all involve kicking to a greater or lesser degree.


How did you come up with the name soccer?

Soccer,football and rugby have the same roots in being a college sport in Britain as well as in the states.The word soccer comes from the word asSOCiation football and ruggER which was just a name for a rugbyplayer.


Why is football British?

Soccer, or Association Football, was first codified into what has evolved into the modern game in the 19th century in England. Although soccer is now a global phenomenon, its roots are English, and some traditionalists still claim national ownership of the game.


When why and who invented soccer?

The 'Laws of the game' for Soccer or Association Football were written by in 1863 by a Solicitor from Hull, England called E.C. Morley. He wrote the rules for and behalf of newly formed Football Association or FA. The rules were based on the Cambridge University football rules first drafted in 1848. These new rules were the latest in a long line of attempts to standardise the many forms of football which had been played in and around Britain for hundreds of years. Ultimately the FA failed as the game of football had already spread thorough the English speaking world where emigrants were developing their own unique forms of the game. These games include American Football, Canadian Football and Australian Rules football to mention a few. All these games can trace their roots back to a ball game played in medieval Europe known to history as Shrovetide Football. Gaelic football, played in Ireland, can also trace its roots back to a form of this medieval ball game known as Caid.

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What country did the NFL originate from?

The United States of America. (Football has its roots in soccer and rugby, which are English games. But American football -- and definitely the NFL -- is American.)


Why is American football called football if the feet are hardly used?

Because Soccer, Rugby and American/Canadian football all have their roots in a similar variety of games that all involved (to varying degrees) kicking a ball through a goal, all of which were commonly called football. Different regions of the world each called the game that became most popular in their region by the generic name of football. American Football, Australian Rules Football (aka Rugby) and Soccer (international football) are simply reflecting this historical naming confusion. The players feet are not "hardly" used in American Football. They use their feet through the entire game; they just don't touch the ball as often as in soccer. It's also worth noting that of all the world's football codes (soccer, American/gridiron football, rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football, Gaelic football), soccer is the ONLY one that prohibits use of the hands. All of the other codes allow all players to use the hands, and they all involve kicking to a greater or lesser degree.


How did you come up with the name soccer?

Soccer,football and rugby have the same roots in being a college sport in Britain as well as in the states.The word soccer comes from the word asSOCiation football and ruggER which was just a name for a rugbyplayer.


Did ancient people play football?

Yes. With skulls from other tribes. x____Funny answer, but truthfully, no. American Football only dates back to the 19th century, although Soccer (European Football) dates back further to "ancient" times and could have roots in ancient Chinese or MesoAmerican games. None that I know of included skulls, however.


What is the name of the inventer of soccer?

The game is far too old, to trace back to anyone person. Soccer/Football has roots dating back all the way to 388 BC.


Why is football British?

Soccer, or Association Football, was first codified into what has evolved into the modern game in the 19th century in England. Although soccer is now a global phenomenon, its roots are English, and some traditionalists still claim national ownership of the game.


Where was soccer played most in history?

Soccer's roots are based on football-like sports played through most cultures throughout history. The concept of sports itself is cross-cultural and dates back to beginnings of human society! Traces of versions of football were played in ancient Asian cultures, like Chinese and Japanese. In ancient Greece, around 200 B.C., there are recorded versions of the game as well. Most well-known, and perhaps most popular, were the versions of soccer or football played throughout Europe during and after the Middle Ages. The modern roots of football or soccer are traced to England in the 19th century. soccer is played mostly in south America


When was Early American Roots created?

Early American Roots was created in 1997.


When was American Roots Music created?

American Roots Music was created in 2001.


Where did Futsal originate from?

Futsal has its roots in the Latin American countries of South America. Historically, Brazil has been something of a nest for futsal, much as England was for soccer.


When why and who invented soccer?

The 'Laws of the game' for Soccer or Association Football were written by in 1863 by a Solicitor from Hull, England called E.C. Morley. He wrote the rules for and behalf of newly formed Football Association or FA. The rules were based on the Cambridge University football rules first drafted in 1848. These new rules were the latest in a long line of attempts to standardise the many forms of football which had been played in and around Britain for hundreds of years. Ultimately the FA failed as the game of football had already spread thorough the English speaking world where emigrants were developing their own unique forms of the game. These games include American Football, Canadian Football and Australian Rules football to mention a few. All these games can trace their roots back to a ball game played in medieval Europe known to history as Shrovetide Football. Gaelic football, played in Ireland, can also trace its roots back to a form of this medieval ball game known as Caid.


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