The Evolution of Football: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Football is the most played and most watched sport on Earth. Almost 300 million people are involved in the game. That’s more than 4% of the world’s population! Crazy, isn’t it?
I have a question for you. Every country in the world today plays football. But where was the sport first played? Was it in Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, England or Italy?
The correct answer is: China. Football was first played in China around 476 B.C. A leather ball filled with feathers and hair was used to play Tsu' Chu which means ‘kick ball’.
Football is not an easy sport to play. Professional football players, like Neymar and Hope Solo, need to be excellent athletes. They need to be strong, fit and fast. On average, a football player runs more than eleven kilometres in a single match. Think about running around a 400-metre track 28 times! Phew!
Football will continue to be played all around the world. However, some exciting new sports involving football are becoming more and more popular. Let's take a closer look.
In the game of golf, players try to hit a small ball into a hole using golf clubs. But can you imagine playing golf without a golf club? Well, in footgolf, players compete by kicking a football across the golf course. The ball and hole are bigger, but it’s not as easy as it looks!
Cycling requires great balance and for some of us just riding around the park is a challenge. So, can you imagine playing football on a bicycle? In cycle ball, players need to pass, dribble, shoot and defend while riding their bicycles. Do you want to give it a try?
Now I’ve got a challenge for you! Footbasket is a new sport that combines football and basketball. Can you imagine how it can be played? Put on your thinking caps and brainstorm some ideas!