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Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that– Bill Shankly
Although we wouldn’t go quite that far Bill Shankly was a legendary Liverpool FC manager and football is indisputably the most popular sport on the planet and is often described as
the beautiful game. By football we mean Association Football, which is also known as Soccer. American football, Australian rules football and Gaelic football are not association football so you’ll have to look elsewhere for those football facts.
Football Facts And Astounding Footie Trivia.
With around 250 million players soccer is the most popular sport in the world. In China alone there are around 26 million players, closely followed by the USA who have the highest number of registered female players anywhere in the world. The USA women’s soccer team also tops the FIFA women’s world rankings. It’s estimated over 3.5 billion people (around a third of the world’s population) watched at least some of the last World Cup matches!
Victorian England is generally credited with inventing association football (soccer) as we recognize it today. However the ancient Greeks used to kick something around in a game called Episkyros – and there’s an English version of that game dating back to the 8th century.
The first Football League season took place England during 1888-89 with 12 teams: Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Amazingly, Preston North End were unbeaten over 22 games – a feat which was not repeated until Arsenal won the Premier League 2003-04 season over 38 games.
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