Are you bored and likewise a football aficionado? If so then you’ve come to the right place. We’re throwing out fun facts and trivia to turn those humdrum minutes to hours of knowledge and amusement!
- Earlier versions of the game had no formal rules except that the objective was to get the ball to the goal. There was no limit as to the number of players and it was even played in roads and public areas. This often ended up in a mass riot. It wasn’t until 1848 that the rules on goal kicks, throw-ins and goalie’s rights were drafted in Cambridge signaling the need to standardize things.
- It was banned in England to prepare people for war. In the 1300s, King Edward II forbade it in all of the country. Its immense popularity made him fear that people would opt to play rather than hone their skills in archery and battle in time for the war with Scotland.
- Original balls weren’t made of rubber. They were inflated animal bladder, oftentimes that of a pig, and was used because of their durability and mass availability. They were eventually covered in leather for added fortification.
- The ball isn’t a perfect sphere. It is in fact oval in shape and the illusion is all thanks to its impeccable design and pattern. A traditional football comes in black and white with thirty two panels that symbolize the countries in Europe, the continent where the sport’s initial craze started off.
- If King Edward II was no lover of the sport, Queen Elizabeth II was the total opposite. She was said to love football so much that she would sneak out and disguise herself to watch and play matches near the Buckingham Palace as a teenager.
- Despite its reputation as one of the biggest football loving nations in the world, The United Kingdom’s national sport is in fact cricket. It is an outdoor sport played by two teams of 11 players using a flat bat, a small hard ball, and wickets. Scores are made by batting the ball and running, while the defenders can get a player out by bowling and hitting the wicket, catching a hit ball, or running the player out.
- FIFA has 211 member nations. That’s a number fairly bigger than what the United Nations has with only 193 member countries.