Football before codification: the problems of myopia

Hay, Roy, Harvey, Adrian and Smith, Mel 2015, Football before codification: the problems of myopia, Soccer & society, vol. 16, no. 2-3, 150 years of association football, pp. 156-168, doi: 10.1080/14660970.2014.961384.

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Title Football before codification: the problems of myopia
Author(s) Hay, RoyORCID iD for Hay, Roy
Harvey, Adrian
Smith, Mel
Journal name Soccer & society
Volume number 16
Issue number 2-3
Season 150 years of association football
Start page 156
End page 168
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1466-0970
Keyword(s) Football
Summary This article examines football in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Australia immediately prior to the codification of the game by the Football Association in England. Small-sided games, often for a monetary prize and hence according to accepted rules, were common. Recent immigrants from the United Kingdom were often the main participants in the United States and Australia and this suggests that football was deeply embedded in the lives of these people before they left home. These games were more like association football as it evolved than the ‘mayhem in the villages’ or the different varieties of public school football. The widely accepted story that rough football had to be civilized by the public schools before it could become the game of the nation and later the world requires re-examination. If this revised view can be sustained, it helps explain the explosion of popularity of association football in the decades after 1863.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14660970.2014.961384
Field of Research 169999 Studies In Human Society not elsewhere classified
1699 Other Studies In Human Society
1504 Commercial Services
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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