Soccer became a Professional sport when teams began paying players to play for their wandering teams in the early 1800's. (Also the reason why many Soccer Teams are called the Wanderers or Rovers) Many teams were a collection of players who were drawn from various areas areas to compete against other teams, and to attarct the best players, some teams started paying players to play for them. This made them a "professional" player.
The same reason why any other sport became a professional sport: because people became very talented at it.
i think it became official in 1908
England started it off with the Premier League
AnswerWhen Association Football (Soccer) was first coded in 1863, the game was strictly amateur. Over the next three decades the game gained in popularity and so did the pressure for Soccer to become a professional sport. Some clubs gave better players illicit payments to retain their services and players were lured from club to club with similar irregular payments. The Football Association came under increasing pressure to eliminate these payments by professionalising the game or risk losing control. In 1895 the Football Association finally relented and allowed payments to players. Today the FA runs both professional and amateur leagues.
LOTS OF PRACTICE !!! I'm doing soccer right now and it is a WORK OUT !! n
Of course you can't exclude people from a sport!
Women's soccer become an Olympic sport in 1996.
Athletics is not a professional sport
A professional soccer player is someone who is payed a wage to pley the sport. Effectively someone who plays soccer for a living.