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I love football. Each year I eagerly await the fall season not only because of the colder weather and change color in the leaves of the trees, but also because it means the beginning of the football season too. The anticipation is based on my inside at the thought of seeing my team take the field again and make a run for first place in their division.

I’ve been a fan of the game, and the same equipment for decades. I’ve seen players, teams, and even the football industry evolve and change over time. American football remains one of the most exciting and beautiful of all professional sports. Despite its appeal, how and where they come from football? All sports have their beginnings and what I discovered made me appreciate the game even more.

In early 1800 is a popular game known as rugby, where he started a soccer ball at a target and run more than one line, had its beginnings in the famous school in England Rugby Child. Around the same time in the United States, the appearance of a game called “ballown,” similar to rugby, was played by a group of Princeton students. East Coast prep schools such as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and Rutgers University also competed in games like football. At that time, these early games looked like the more traditional “mob football” style of play in England. The rules were simple with a large number of players trying to advance the ball in the goal area in general by any means necessary. By 1855 manufactured inflatable balls were being used as football became a game of kick and run.

Because there were not many rules in place, violence and injuries are common due to the roughness of the game. The increasing brutality of the game became a public concern because of injuries and deaths of so many that some schools banned it. President Theodore Roosevelt, even threatened to ban the game and urged the University of Harvard, Princeton and Yale, to help make changes or lose the game. Finally, the Intercollegiate Football Association was formed by representatives of the University of Harvard, Columbia and Princeton, to establish a new code of rules based mainly on the rugby.

The man responsible for training American football as we know it today was Walter Camp. He enrolled at Yale University in 1876 and led the IFA committee rules. Proposed reducing the number of players from 15 to 11. He helped establish the line of scrimmage and pressure from the center to the quarterback. Camp also proposed that the equipment required to advance the ball a minimum of five feet into the three features. More changes were instituted as the small size of the field, scoring rules, and playing time. In 1887 a paid referee and an umpire were mandatory for every game and fighting below the waist are allowed. In 1889, officials were whistles and stopwatches. Step forward, one of the most important changes in the game, did not become legal until 1906.

Although the rules are changing, football is being played out violently in the style of mafia games before. The changes had to be done to make the game safer. These changes were discussed December 28, 1905 for sixty-two schools met in New York. Finally, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was formed as a result. Over a century later, college football continues to thrive as one of the most popular collegiate games. After the disappearance of the IFA, the American Professional Football Association was formed in 1920. The association was reorganized in 1922 and later renamed the National Football League.

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