What are the roots of soccer (football)?

While enjoying the game between Argentina and Germany today I got to wondering…when and where, exactly, was soccer “invented”?

I imagine it is one of those “older than dirt” kind of things, but has there ever been any research done on the roots of why we love to kick a little ball around?

There are loads of sites on t’interweb that’ll tell you about the history of the game… basically it started as a village vs village brawl with a nominal interest in having a ball involved at some stage.

However, I regularly play footie at the “real” home of the modern game. :slight_smile:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire/content/articles/2006/06/09/cambridge_football_rules_parkers_piece_feature.shtml

Check out post 33 and onwards in this thread: Is America calling soccer “soccer” arrogant?"

Cool! Thanks guys.