Britain’s passion for football isn’t just by chance, the nation had a lot to do with its formation and contributed greatly to the start of it all. The first-ever international game was between England and Scotland.
The following facts all prove how the UK has always been part of football’s history and made a mark in the formation of what football is today.
The First FA Cup (1871)
The first Football Association Cup happened om 1871 and stood as the beginning of something great and the future of football. By this time, football was not even that popular yet and was played merely by gentlemen and amateur sportsmen.
First International Tournament (1872)
The first-ever international tournament happened in 1872 and stands as a pinnacle point in the UK’s history with football as the game was played between England and Scotland. Even with the rivalry between Scotland and England, the game brought them closer together and proved to be a gentleman’s game with good sportsmanship.
The Start of FIFA (1904)
FIFA was founded and established in 1904 due to the high volume of interest in the game and spectators wanting to watch the games. With the start of FIFA, the world got together, with many different nations agreeing to unite together and start the foundation.
First FIFA World Cup (1930)
The first FIFA World Cup happened in 1930 and stood as the start of one of the greatest championships in football today. The game was played in Uruguay and saw 13 nations compete against each other. Although England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales did not partake in the FIFA World Cup still stands as one of Britain’s most loved championships.
The First Televised Football Match (1938)
The first-ever televised football match happened in 1937 and stood as one of the most important moments due to the pure pleasure of watching games at the bar or home all going back to this day. The match was broadcasted by the BBC, which had already started operating in 1926.
Looking at these historical facts, a lot of it is some of the pinnacle points in football’s history overall. With the passion and dedication that the world is showing the sport, it will carry on growing with popularity from generation to generation.