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Fun Facts About Football Everyone Should Know About

It's no secret that football is one of the, if not the most popular sports in the world right now. People all over the globe watch football sporting events with great enthusiasm and passion. The main reason is that this sport has been around for a very long time. The only parts of the world where football is called soccer is in the US and Canada because they a version of the rugby game called football as well.

Why anyone would call rugby football when feet are rarely involved and the ball is basically an egg held in the hands, is anyone's guess. But it is what it is so there's no reason to dawdle on the what's and why's. Now football has become more than just a sport. As matter of fact, it became a culture for many of the diehard fans out there in the world.

As you might imagine, there are all sorts of fun facts surrounding this sport that even trivia is as exciting as the sport itself. For example, did you know that the very first televised football match was broadcasted in 1937 and it was a friendly match between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves that was played at Highbury.

If you're from England, you've probably heard of that by now, if you're not than this may be a new fun fact for you to share with people you know. As it turns out, people like to discover facts about football they didn't know so that's another fun activity people engage in when there are no matches they can watch at the moment. So with that in mind, here are a few fun facts about football that everyone should know about.

Common football betting mistakes and how to avoid them

Football betting can be a great way to make watching games more exciting and lots of football fans practice such endeavors. But like with everything else in life, mistakes can be made in betting. So if you're willing to try football betting out, never trust your gut feeling because it's probably something you ate that's leading you astray.

Unlike games of chance, sports betting is about research, statistics and information. The more you know about the game, teams and individual players, the greater the likelihood that you'll make an accurate prediction. Also, and this may come as a shock for football fans, don't bet on one team only. No matter how much you love your team, don't bet solely on them.

Try to make betting more interesting instead and wager on how many penalties will occur during a match or how many goals both teams will score this type of betting is usually offered by online sports betting operators who have live betting features available to customers. That way you won't get upset if your favorite team loses. After all, betting is meant to be fun so don't take it too seriously.

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The origins of football

Football (or soccer) is one of the oldest and most popular sports in the world. It has been played for centuries, with evidence of it being played by ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans, to name a few. However, the first organized sport that resembled association football much was played in medieval England and was often referred to as " mob football ".

Towns would play against neighbouring villages with unlimited number of players. It was more of an all out brawl than football but you have to start somewhere, wouldn't you say? So technically, football originated in England, at least the football we all know and love today.

But that game was played in various ways under various rules until it was finally standardized and the rules were established by the Football Association back in 1863. This set of rules was adopted by other countries and eventually became known as the Laws of the Game.

How Football rules have changed over time

As mentioned before, football rules have changed significantly over the years. In the early days of the sport, there were no set rules and teams would often play by their own local customs.

The folk football was quite violent and destructive sport that was eventually civilized. It was actually the public schools in England that paved the way for modern football, eliminating the "mob" element from the sport and, of course, the violence, in the process. In an effort to codify the rules of the game, elements such as introducing a referee and offside were introduced in the mid-19th century.

Up until that point, each public school in England played by their own unique rules but were moving forward toward mutual consensus about the rules of the game, thus the Football Association was born and the Laws of the Game were established.

You probably know this by now but the FIFA World Cup is the most popular sporting event of all times and it brings together people from all over the globe to celebrate their love of football. It is a unique opportunity for countries to come together and compete on an international stage, and it has become a symbol of national pride for many countries.

The very first World Cup was held in Uruguay back in 1930 and ever since then, World Cup is held every four years to this day, with an exception during WWII. The highest World Cup attendance was in 1994 where 3,594,042 people came to watch the tournament unfold.

But did you know that the top scorer in the history of the World Cup is not Messi, Ronaldo or the other Ronaldo but actually Miroslav Klose playing for German national team who scored 16 goals in 24 games he participated in.

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