Este Blog, organizado por Carlos F.Ramírez y su hijo Luis Ramírez Ruiz, pretende acercar las plumas expertas de miembros del IFFHS con los aficionados de toda Hispanoamérica.
Carlos F.Ramírez es miembro para la Concacaf de la IFFHS y decano de los periodistas de México, con más de 13 Copas del Mundo presenciadas y 6 libros publicados sobre diferentes tópicos del futbol nacional e internacional.
viernes, 10 de enero de 2014
HOW FOOTBALL SOCCER WAS BORN
friend Carlos Ramirez asked me to go back in history and recall the formation
of the Football Association in England.It was long ago, October
26, 1863.But before its
creation two important events took place: the publication in 1862 of the set of
rules called “The Simplest Game”.It was
written by one of the participants in the original Cambridge movement of 1846
that was looking for ways to promote and clean “The Game”: John C. Thring.He was responsible to write the original Ten
Rules of the Game.
after in early October 1863, came an advanced version of regulations from
Cambridge, entitled ‘Cambridge University Football Rules’ drawn up by a 9
people Committee representing six universities.
when the Football Association had their first meetings both “The Simplest Game”
and the Cambridge
Rules received much consideration.It is
interesting to know that if they did not agree to a specific point, that since
up to that time the all-important governing authority of a game was still in a
first attempt to unify criteria about two different games, “rugby” and
“football association” had been successful, we would have ended with one single
game: Association Football or what some countries call Soccer.But there was no agreement between the two
groups on the rules Law IX and Law X.Both of these laws are as of today responsible that two different games exist,
when it could have turned out to be a single game: Rugby
and Association Football.
was the difference of opinion?Read how
the above mentioned rules read:
IX: A player shall be entitled to run
with the ball towards his adversaries’ goal if he makes a fair catch, or
catches the ball on the first bound; but in the case of a fair catch if he
makes his mark, he shall not run.
any player shall run with the ball towards his adversaries’ goal, any player on
the opposite side shall be at liberty to charge, held, trip orback him, or wrest the ball from him; but no
player shall be held and backed at the same time.
note how much of the Rugby game is contained
within these two laws.
Rules” bore no mention of running with the ball, and though charging was
permitted, holding, pushing with the hands, tripping up, and shinning were
were the two twin rocks in which the two opposing groups within the Football
Association finally split.
the fifth meeting of the FA was in that December 1863.It was a stormy meeting and the rival parties
were near divorce.Three members were in
support of the Cambridge
rules, provided rules IX and X were expunged from the original draw law.But against them was a group led by two
members of the group (for the sake of history their names were Campbell, Hon,
Treasurer; and W. H. Gordon, both of the Blackheath Club).
my next commentary I will narrate to the fans of The Americas, how the discussion of some 150
years ago ended.
Cover of the first publication of the Rules in 1863