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Sport historians often date the history of football only from the codification of the modern rules by the Football Association, founded in 1863 at London [3]. This, however, was not football per se, but rather “association football,” abbreviated to “soccer.” Clearly, football existed before it was institutionalized by the association, even if it looked different from today, and more closely resembled present-day rugby or American football.

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Rheinhardt, Jens, “Football”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019578>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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