[Sca-cooks] Soccer or football?
lordhunt at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 14:04:54 PST 2008
> Ok quibbling aside...
> What is the difference (for those of us who aren't sports enthusiasts) I thought Soccer was Football.
> Please explain. You can do so off list if we think it is going to start a whole sports thread. Cause I know that this is off topic
Then then we have Phil - neat to know this:
> I don't think there's much material for a separate thread. The deal is
> that football of various kinds is ancient, and with the advent in the
> 19th century of things like steamships and train travel, intertown and
> even international rivalries between teams of players of what used to
> be a local or pick-up activity (just as was beginning to happen in the
> US with baseball), developed, and it became necessary for teams to
> agree on a set of rules. Previously rules were traditionally specific
> to a given location or group of teams/players (such as with those
> Robin Hood movies where they speak of Barnsdale rules for staff-
> fighting, or Marquess of Queensbury rules for boxing).
> Enter the European (or British, or whatever it was, it'd be easy to
> look it up) Football Association, with its new set of written-down,
> universal rules for all players and teams choosing to adhere to their
> international standard. Games played according to those rules became
> known as Association Football, to distinguish them from games that
> weren't, such as Rugby Football (unique to a college and its environs,
> "Soccer" is generally believed to be a typical British diminutive and
> abbreviation for "Association".
I used the word soccer cause my North American brother-in-law can't
follow our conversations if we say football.You are absolutely right and
I discovered a painting in a private home in Belgium a few years ago of
that last match of Philip I with his Flemish court in Burgos against the
Spaniards. The owner explained to me the rules of the game, which
unfortunately I did not write down, - that match is very different that
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