No one can say precisely when, how or even why the game of football, or soccer, developed. Games resembling soccer can be traced back as far as the ancient Chinese, Greek, and Roman civilizations. However, the rules of these games differed widely – from the number of players, to the handling of the ball, and the size of the goal.
A standard set of rules was needed, and eventually the English took on the job. In 1863, the English Football Association was formed and it published the “Laws of the Game.” This meant that every team could play by the sames rules, creating the foundation for the way soccer is played today, all over the world.
(Source: Soccer : the ultimate guide by Martin Cloake … [et al.].
Publisher: New York : DK Pub, 2008.
Call no: J 796.334 SOC)
For more information on soccer, check out the following books:
Football by Clive Gifford
London : Wayland, 2008
J 796.334 GIF
The Bootiful Game by Michael Coleman
London : Scholastic Children’s Books, 2009
Call No.: J 796.334 COL
Footballers by Liz Gogerly
London : Wayland, 2007
Call No.: J 796.334 GOG
Originally answered by Lynn Ang