DID YOU KNOW AMERICAN FOOTBALL AND SOCCER CAME FROM THE SAME SPORT?

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IT’S A FACTFootball sports all involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. The first game of rugby in Canada is generally said to have taken place in Montreal, in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians. The Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, the first recorded football club in Canada. In 1869, the first game played in the U.S. under FA code occurred, between Princeton and Rutgers – also considered first U.S. game of college football. However, American football would come from rugby, not association football. The modern form grew out of a match between McGill University of Montreal, and Harvard University in 1874.

At the time, Harvard students are reported to have played the Boston Game — a running code — rather than the FA-based kicking games favored by U.S. universities. This made it easy for Harvard to adapt to the rugby-based game played by McGill and the two teams alternated between their respective sets of rules. Within a few years, however, Harvard had both adopted McGill’s rugby rules and had persuaded other U.S. university teams to do the same. In 1876, at the Massasoit Convention, it was agreed by these universities to adopt most of the Rugby Football Union rules, with some variations. Princeton, Rutgers and others continued to compete using soccer-based rules for a few years before switching to the rugby-based rules of Harvard and its competitors. U.S. colleges did not generally return to soccer until the early 20th century.

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