Evolution of football
China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam
Cuju - a game very similar to modern soccer - was played until about 1600.
Players used air-filled balls, could not use their hands and some matches used goal posts with a net.
There is no known connection to medieval football.
Greeks, Romans, Turks, Native Americans, Indigenous Australians, Maori Many cultures derived football-like games independently.
(828 - 1800)
Medieval football - the common root of 'football' - a violent game with few rules.
(1800 - 1863)
Many British schools during this time played various forms of 'football' - but rules varied drastically.
(1859 - current)
Derived by an Australian upon return from Rugby School in England.
Uses a huge oval-shaped field (which can be also used for cricket) (Aussie rules).
(1863 - current)
Standardised rules were needed - Cambridge University students, and the newly formed Football Association would create a compromise set of rules for the game.
These rules would become 'association football' (soccer).
(1871 - current)
Rugby football - is officially formed by the Rugby Football Union - derived from the game played at 'Rugby School' (Rugby union).
(1880 - current)
A Yale player modifies the rules of a rugby-like game to replace the scrum with the snap (American football).
(1887 - current)
The Gaelic Athletic Association published the rules to Gaelic football.
(1895 - current)
When the Rugby Football Union banned professionals, northern clubs formed a new 'code' of laws (Rugby league).
(1903 - current)
The Burnside rules transformed a rugby-oriented game towards an American football style game (Canadian football).