The following are some of the major dates in football history.
This is a section that will be updated and expanded upon over time.
Since the structured beginnings of football occured in England,
British football is covered more fully.
Football prospers through England's major public schools
Cambridge Rules: drawn up by 14 representatives from various public schools (revised twice during 1850s)
Cricketers & friends from Collingswood School form first football club
(Sheffield FC); by 1860 there were 15 clubs in Sheffield
British railway builders introduce football to Argentina
October 26 -- at the Freemason's Tavern, Great Queen Street,
Lincoln's Inn-Fields, London, the Football Association (FA) was formed
November 10 -- the FA meet again to consider a set of Rules for its members to follow
December 8 -- clubs and schools preferring the dribbling game adopt its
14 rules and play in jerseys and knickerbockers
Agreement that tape should be stretched across the goal posts at height of 8 feet.
Buenos Aires FC formed by British residents.
Goal kicks introduced
First FA Cup competition (Wanderers v Royal Engineers 1-0 at Kennington Oval)
First International game (England v Scotland: 0-0).
France introduced by English sailors playing in Le Havre and club formed.
Circumference of ball fixed
Shin guards introduced
Cross-bars replace tape.
Oxford University tour Germany and a number of German Universities
take up the game (one of first countries to play under FA rules outside Britain)
Canada -- Carlton Cricket Club form football section; subsequently made tours of Britain
Game limited to 90 minutes
Referees allowed to use whistles
Sweden introduced by British Embassy officials in Stockholm and Scottish textile workers in Gothenberg
Clubs charge for admission Players paid lost wages and expenses (players still part-time)
Uruguay first club formed by English professor at Montevideo University;
another club later formed by British railway engineers. Two-handed throw-in introduced
Professional players allowed
British introduce football to Russia
April 17 Formation of the Football League: 12 teams from Midlands and
Lancashire founder members at instigation of William McGregor
(Aston Villa, Derby County, Notts County, Stoke, West Bromwich
Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers; Accrington, Blackburn Rovers,
Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Everton, Preston North End)
September 8 first League games played
Denmark -- Boldspil League probably oldest association outside Britain
Brazil football probably introduced by Charles Miller, Brazilian-born
son of English parents who became an enthusiast during education in England
Goal nets used for the first time
Penalty kicks introduced.
Referee and two linesmen replace umpires
Argentina: first country outside Britain to inaugurate national championship
Genoa first club formed in Italy
Referee in complete control of game
Number of Official Laws reaches the modern number of 17 (concerning: 1/ the field of play; 2/ the ball; 3/ number of players; 4/ players' equipment; 5/ referees; 6/ linesmen; 7/ duration of game; 8/ the start of play; 9/ the ball in and out of play; 10/ method of scoring; 11/ offside; 12/ fouls & misconduct; 13/ free kick; 14/ penalty kick; 15/ throw-in; 16/ goal-kick; 17/ corner-kick)
Athletico Bilbao first club formed in Spain (introduced by British mining engineers working around Vizcaya
Oxford University team tour Austria First club formed in Iceland
May 21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) formed in Paris; 7 founder countries all European: Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
Goalkeepers ordered to stay on their line for penalty kick
England belatedly join FIFA
December 2 Professional Footballers Association (PFA) formed
Goalkeeper not allowed to handle ball outside penalty area
Opposing players to stand at least 10 yards from free kick
First football pools coupons for betting on results issued in Birmingham
First FA Cup played at Wembley Bolton Wanderers 2 West Ham United 0
Goal may be scored direct from corner
First League match broadcast on radio
Goalkeepers have to stand still on their lines for penalty kicks
First World Cup (Uruguay) Uruguay beat Argentina 4 - 2 in the final
World Cup (Italy) Italy beat Czechoslovakia 2 - 1 in the final
17 laws of game re-drafted into their modern form.
World Cup (France) Italy beat Hungary 4 - 2 in the final.
First live TV transmission of FA Cup Final
Numbering of player's shirts made compulsory
World Cup (Brazil) Uruguay winning (beating Brazil in the final 'pool' game).
The Seven Seas Cup started by the Norewgian Seaman's Service
Use of white ball permitted
World Cup (Switzerland) Germany beat Hungary 3 - 2 in the final
First European Cup
Floodlighting used for first time at League match (Portsmouth)
World Cup (Sweden) Brazil beat Sweden 5 - 2 in the final
League Cup is launched. First European Cup Winners Cup
World Cup (Chile) Brazil beat Czechoslavakia 3 - 1 in the final
World Cup (England) England beat Germany 4 - 2 in the final