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Vicky's Quiz-Answers
« on: August 20, 2009, 09:51:49 AM »


Soccer was originally invented to keep cricketers fit during the Winter Months and this is why, ultimately, there were 11 players in a Football Team. (Q10+Q11)

In its early days it resembled playground football. There was no restriction on the numer of players in each side and the game lasted as long as there were enough players left to keep it going.  (Q6+Q7)

In the beginning, football was the dribbling game. A player would get the ball and then try to dribble his way through the opposition. Then the canny Scots realised that by passing the ball to another player you could outflank the opposition. (Q8+Q9)

As a consequence the game became more athletic than muscular and people could no longer play it  all day. I’ll mention in passing that Sheffield Wednesday got its name because it was the club that played on a Wednesday. This was to avoid them being confused with Sheffield (FC) whose claim to fame to is that they are the Worlds longest lasting soccer club. (Q13)

Because the game had now got a lost faster, so it kept falling off,  the wearing of a distinctive cap to show which side you were on was dropped. However we Internationals still get “Caps” when we play for our country so the tradition lingers on. The cap was another tradition Soccer borrowed from cricket. (Q14+15)

Football obviously grew out of the rough and tumble of the traditonal inter-village ball game where the aim or goal was to get the ball from its starting point to one of two agreed places. However in the old game when this was achieved the game was over. (Q1)

Soccer was played on a pitch that had to have two prominent features, normally trees, the goal of the game being to get the ball to the opposition’s tree. Just as in the playground nobody could agree as to how many times a goal had been achieved so the custom of cutting a notch in the tree by scoring it with a knife came into being. So arguments were settled by counting the scored notches. (Q1+Q2.)

In time it was realised that the pitch had to be restricted. So the ball, if it went beyond a goal-tree was deemed to be out of play, possession passing to its defending team. Side lines were also introduced. If the ball went over them, possesion went to the team whose player touched the ball first. Thus we have goal lines and touch lines. (Q3)

However once the Scot’s passing game became commonplace and as a consquence goalies and defenders were invented it became almost impossible to achieve one’s goal.  So the goal became to get the ball between two trees and then between the two posts that in time replaced them.

This however made it too easy to “score a goal” because you drop kicked the ball from distance and it sailed over the goalies’ head. So a height restriction was placed and marked by a rope that went between the two posts. This was eventually replaced by a solid bar. (Q4+Q5)

At one time there were many different sets of rules and this made playing against other teams difficult as more time was spent arguing about the rules than playing the game. So a group of men representing the Public Schools and Varsities met to set up the FA whose role would be to  agree a common set of rules.

It was going swimmingly until  the men split into sides whose main difference was sufficient to create the two separate games of Association (rules) Football and Rugby (rules) Football. So what did they row about. It wasn’t handling, both sides agreed that this should be dropped. No, it was hacking and tripping. One of the Rubgy lads accepted that it was ungentlemanly  to deliberately kick or trip an opponent  but felt that if this manly element was dropped all sorts of foreigners such as  Frenchmen could end up playing the game. (Q16+Q17)

Thus it was that Rugby  came to be seen as  “The Ruffians’ game played by Gentlemen” and Soccer, “The Gentlemen’s game played by Ruffians.” Despite their differences they still have some things in common such as the Rugby try. Which is still a reference to trying to score a goal. (Q18+Q19+Q20.)

Though it started on a knockout basis, the FA cup,  became in its second year a “Challenge Trophy”. The only game that the Holder played was against a “Challenger” i.e. the winner of that year’s Knock Out Stage. This game decidng who the new Cupholders would be. (Q12)

In the days before leagues this meant that the Cup-Holder only got to play one competitive match, the rest being friendlies. So all sorts of skullduggery was dreamt up, teams entered under false names and some players “guested” for other teams. Apparently things came to a head when one player found himself able to play in the challenge final for either the Holder or the Challenger. At some time the FA cup reverted to the knock-out formula. (Q12.)

You should have all the answers by now.

(Brian Robert Neal-2009)


Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Come on guys, what do you know about Soccer.? How many of these questions can you answer?

1) “Score a goal””. Why a ”goal”?
2) And how come we ”score” it ?
3) The football pitch has  touch and goal lines. What was the original difference between them?
4) What did the cross bar replace?
5) Why  was the item it replaced  used  in the first place?
6) Originally how long was a game of football?
7) How many players were there  in each team?
8) What country can put in a claim that they invented the game of football in the form that it is played today?
9) What did they add to the game?
10) Why are there 11 players in a modern team?
11) Football during the winter months was originally seen as a means to keep fit the players of what other game?
12) The FA cup was for a while a “Challenge” trophy but it hasn’t been for a long time. How come?
13) Who are the oldest soccer team still in existence today?
14) What once standard item of kit  is no longer worn by outfielders.
15) However it still plays a part in the modern game. How come?
16) Soccer and Rugby split apart because the Rugger boys refused to drop what aspect of the game?
17) What grounds did they give for  this refusal?
18) Football was described as being what by what.
19) On the other hand how was Rugby pictured?
20 In Rugby they have ”tries”, what are they  trying to do?