Guest blogger: Martin Maguire is the editor and author of Mersey Reds. Read why he thinks soccer is The Greatest Game On Earth
Football, soccer, the world game, the beautiful game, whatever you would like to refer to it as, has been played in some form for around 3000-5000 years.
However, football as we know it today was formed by eleven representatives from London clubs and schools at the Freemason’s Tavern on October 26, 1863. The outcome of the meeting was the formation of the Football Association, who amongst themselves created a single set of rules used to officiate over matches.
The first ever football match was played on 19th December 1863 on Barnes common at Mortlake, London between Barnes and Richmond Football Clubs. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.