The Evolution Of Soccer

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What is the Evolution of Soccer? Charles Darwin once stated, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Though Darwin might’ve been talking about the evolution of species, the idea of evolution stays true to sports, including soccer. Soccer has evolved in so many ways from where it all took place, to it’s transition to today, to the equipment, and the impact it’s left all around the world. When observing a sport as popular as soccer, it’s hard to imagine that it’s origin is difficult to find. “Records trace the history of soccer back more than 2,000 years ago to ancient China,” ("Athletic Scholarships"). Although, England is credited for transitioning…show more content…
The first footballs were made from animal bladders, which were blown up by mouth and then knotted. “Solid, leather and cork-encased versions were created in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries. A breakthrough came in the mid-1800s with the invention of an India-rubber bladder, and a pump to inflate it,” ("Football's equipment evolution" 2012). Adidas began supplying balls for FIFA tournaments in 1970. The first recorded soccer cleats were owned in 1526. “Cleats were made of strong leather, ankle high and heavier than regular shoes of that era,” (Football's equipment evolution" 2012). By the 19th century, athletes were still playing in heavy cleats, made with long laces and steel toe caps. The only notable development was hammering metal studs or tacks to the soles to provide better grip on slippery surfaces.The 1960s brought a remarkable break with tradition as the first below-the-ankle cleats were announced. Players in the 19th century played in cleats that weighed over two pounds in wet conditions, today’s players can benefit from cleats that weigh a third of a pound. The earliest record of shin guards date back to ancient Greece, originally used for soldiers fighting in battle. By the 19th century, shin guards had resurfaced. Cricket was the first known sport to use shin guards outside the battlefield and soon after they were introduced to soccer. Though the technology used in cleats and soccer balls has evolved greatly, shin guards have stayed relatively the

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