Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It is known as football in most part of the world except for in North America. If the world can be united on the basis of some common ground then soccer can be a strong area around which differing nations can come closer. Modern soccer has a history that goes only 200 years back. However, the way the sport evolved to become the modern day soccer dates back a long time.
It is not very easy to go back and find out the origin of soccer as this is not very well documented in any history. However, it is said that first form of a soccer like game was played in China almost 3000 years back. During Han dynasty Chinese people used to play a game called “Tsu Chu”. The ball used to be made of leather with fur inside it. Like modern day football the rule was to only use your legs to hit the ball and use of hand was not permitted. The objective was to put the ball in a designated hole. This sports was supported by the King and it was an honor to get a chance to play this game. Even today the game is played in China but it’s not very similar to the modern soccer.
In Japan, almost at the same time when Chinese people were playing “Tsu Chu” , “kemari” was a popular sport which remotely resembles modern day soccer. There was a designated field for the sport cornered by four different tress namely cherry, maple, pine and willow. The rich people used to grow tress to create their own fields. There were also two teams that used to compete against each other and the team size varied from two to twelve. Some historians believe Chinese and Japanese are the first people to have played international sports events of kemari and Tsu Chu almost 2000 years back.
In Egypt also in the tomb of Baqut II there were some pictures found which are believed to be depicting some sort of ball game played by women. There is not much known about the rules and regulations of that sport...