Football
Ebenezer Cobb Morley
Ebenezer Cobb Morley
Born16 August 1831
Kingston upon Hull
Died20 November 1924 | Age 93
London

Ebenezer Morley 1863

The rules for the modern game of football and the creation of the Football Association (the English governing body, FA), were laid down on the 26th October 1863. Representatives of several London clubs met “for the purpose of forming an Association with the object of establishing a definite code of rules for the regulation of the game”.


Football 1863
Football Vardy in action
Football Vardy in action
The origin of football can be found in every corner of geography and history. The Chinese , Japanese, Italian, Ancient Greek, Persian, Viking, and many more all played a ball game that resembled football i.e. primarily controlling a ball with your feet not your hands .
The Chinese "football" games date as far back as 3000 years ago. The Ancient Greeks and the Roman used football games to prepare warriors for battle.
Football
Football
In south and Central America a game called "Tlatchi" once flourished.



Set the Rules
In Britain too, there are records of Football being played for hundreds of years.
But it was in England that the modern game of football really begin to take shape. In 1863 the first Football Association (F.A.) was founded in England.



The meeting
Freemasons pub. Great place for a meeting.
Freemasons pub. Great place for a meeting.
It was realised that the game needed a set of rules, so being British there's no better place to do this than the 'Local' pub over a pint. In the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London on 26 October 1863 rules for the modern game were laid down over a series of meetings.

 

Biggest Sport
FA tribute plaque to Morley
FA tribute plaque to Morley
Central to these meetings was Ebenezer Cobb Morley (1831-1924). A solicitor by profession and captain of Barnes Football Club that he formed in 1858.
He wrote to 'Bell's Life Newspaper' proposing a governing body for the sport that led to the first meeting.
He wanted a common set of rules so that clubs from all over the nation could compete with each other. Little did he know this would become the biggest sport in the world!


The Football Pitch Dimensions
football pitch dimensions
football pitch dimensions


World Cup
England world cup 1966
England world cup 1966

On the 30 July 1966 England won the World cup Jules Rimet trophy. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final at Wembley.
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