Everyone is excited and rooting for his/her favorite team. Do you have a favorite team? I know I do. When did you last consider when football kits started. It poses a lot of questions. Do you have any thoughts on when this could have been. Did you know that Football was first influenced by the English game of Rugby and a man named Walter Camp, who was considered to be the Father of American Football. So this is when the sport of football commenced. If you are interested you will get great information below. Football is such a vast subject, there is much to learn.
Rules were quite simple. Sometimes the games was a free for all. At one point some colleges even banned the game. But people were so keen to play so it kept coming back. Thank goodness for that. All this took place in the late 1800’s. So then people really got involved. However, the prep schools became interested in the game of Football. Once the prep schools started to become interested things got exciting. Around this time some colleges then banned the game. Some of the schools began to play with an inflated ball. Once word got out the ball could be inflated.
It was now towards the very end of the 1800’s. The balls for this new game were all the same shape as they had been manufactured. Because the balls were manufactured there could be no discussion a- they were exactly the same as each other. However, because the prep schools became interested in the game of Football that meant that many others were willing to give it a go. These fantastic new balls were great to catch and even better to kick. As all these newly manufactured balls were identical it completely leveled the playing field. Prep schools tried different levels of inflating the ball to suit there tactics. In 1869 Rutgers played Princeton which was considered the first intercollegiate football game.
After this game in 1869 many other colleges wanted to get involved. The balls were all almost exactly the same because they were manufactured instead of being made by hand. To win a game one of the teams had to reach six goals. How would it be Princeton or Rutgers? The game was made even more exciting because the balls were equal and they could be easily kicked or caught. The winner of the games was Rutgers. The winner of this inaugral game was Rutgers and so started a fierce rivalry. This game in 1869 when Rutgers played Princeton became known as the first intercollegiate football game. Finally in 1973 all the main colleges met and set up the first set of intercollegiate football rules. But his had taken several years.
Things were happening very slowly.
It was time for some sort of order. The rules became the subject of great debate and Walter Camp, the Father of American Football instigated things. There were great debates and a lot of lengthy discussions.
Among the things amended were reducing the number of players down to eleven from fifteen which opened up the game immensely. There were many other minor changes.
His most famous change, was establishing the line of scrimmage and the snap from center to quarterback. But there were some others. That needed changed and so there were still more discussions. As interest in football grew, bowl games such as the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Rose bowl provided away to match teams from distant areas. This meant wonderful things to lots of small towns As time passed the game became ever more popular. In 1935 the Heisman Trophy, was created to be awarded to the most outstanding football player. This led to many other trophies. A lot of which I am sure are probably still around today.
Because interest in football grew it was soon to change again. In 1895 the first professional football game was played. This was the beginning of yet more changes. Players then wanted paid. The first player to be paid was John Brallier a Quarterback. This was just the beginning, you could get paid to play sport.