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Timeline Brief history of European football

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European football traces its roots back to the medieval games and English public school games.

Lets take a look back at some of the important facts and moments in football history:

The formation of The Football Association in London was brought about by mid-19th century efforts by local football clubs to standardise varying sets of rules. Thus leading to FA being established in 1863.

William McGregor, a director of Aston Villa, was credited for forming the first league involving 12 football clubs which would later become the Football Leagues 12 founding members.

The UEFA or the Union of European Football Associations was founded in Basel, Switzerland on June 15, 1944. It is the administrative body for association football, futsal andbeach soccer in Europe.

The FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association or International Federation of Association Football) was formed to oversee the worldwide game at the start of the 20th century. Seven countries joined efforts to form it in Paris on May 21, 1904.

The first Football World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930. In the first final match between Argentina and Uruguay, Argentinas ball was used in the first half, whilst Uruguays was used in the second.

The South American Copa America was first held in 1916 preceding the World Cup. Other continental tournaments followed suit such as the AFC Asian Cup (1956), African Cup of Nations (1957), European Championships (1960), North Americas Gold Cup (1991), Oceanias OFC Nations Cup (1996) and the UEFA Nations League (2018).

The FIFA Womens World Cup was inaugurated in China in 1991 with 12 teams participating.

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