The rules of the sport of football, or soccer, are often considered to have been developed in Britain in the nineteenth century. What was likely the earliest example of such a sport, however?

Answer: A Chinese game called tsu chu (roughly equating to ‘kick ball’) which was played in China at least from around 2000 BCE. The ball was made from animal hair, and the goal was a net measuring 30-40 cm in diameter, strung nine metres up between two bamboo poles.

Source: Football by Anton Rippon

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