Do you know what are the original rules of soccer, from which today’s Laws of the Game are descended?
The original laws of the game were written by a J. C. Thring in 1862, and adapted by England’s nascent Football Association a year later. The rules were for a sport called “The Simplest Game”.
Here are the original rules of football:
Law 1: A goal is scored whenever the ball is forced through the goal and under the bar, except it be thrown by hand.
Law 2: Hands may be used only to stop a ball and place it on the ground before the feet.
Law 3: Kicks must be aimed only at the ball.
Law 4: A player may not kick the ball whilst in the air. No tripping up or heel kicking allowed.
Law 5: Whenever a ball is kicked beyond the side flags, it must be returned by the player who kicked it, from the spot it passed the flag line, in a straight line towards the middle of the ground.
Law 6: When a ball is kicked behind the line of goal, it shall be kicked off from that line by one of the team whose goal it is.
Law 7: No player may stand within six paces of the kicker when he is kicking off.
Law 8: A player is out of play immediately he is in front of the ball, and must return behind the ball as soon as possible. If the ball is kicked by his own team past a player, he may not touch or kick it, or advance, until one of the other team has first kicked it, or one of his own team has been able to kick it on a level with, or in front of him.
Law 9: No charging allowed when a player is out of play; that is, immediately the ball is behind him.
Most of these rules were changed since then, but the aim remains the same — to score more goals than the other team. Still can be considered as the simplest game.