• History


    Since the first ball was kicked in any form of competitive anger in medieval times, through to the first formal rules being formulated in England in the nineteeth century, the history of association football continues to generate a compelling story.

    Differing rules had been used in different regions until, in 1871, former Harrow School pupil Charles Alcock proposed the first formal competition the FA Cup.

    Alcock also initiated the first-ever international match that was played between England and Scotland at the Kennington Oval in London in 1870.

    The first league competition followed in 1888 when Aston Villa director William McGregor was one of the leading figures in forming the Football League.

    With interest in the game spreading throughout the world, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris in 1904 leading to the first FIFA World Cup taking place in 1930.

    Before that and ever since, football has created a long and ever-intriguing tale to tell.

    The 50 greatest world cup goals of all time as determined scientifically by the AFS goal-ranking system.


    Visit the 50 greatest world cup goals forum

  • Recent Blog Posts

    Statisticallyarsenal

    FA Cup Final - the stats favour Arsenal

    As the FA Cup final draws near, Arsenal look to defend their title against an Aston Villa side who are much improved under Tim Sherwood. For all that has been said about the FA Cup losing its magic...

    Statisticallyarsenal 27th May 2015 07:02 AM
    11v11

    The three (almost) promoted clubs: Who can stay up?

    AFC Bournemouth and Watford have already made it to the Premier League, with Middlesbrough and Norwich due to battle it out for the third promotion place. They may be fresh faced young...

    11v11 21st May 2015 11:26 AM
    Steve Sands

    Play-Off fairness?

    I have to admit that the Play-Offs have been good for football, creating interest deep into the season, end of term tension and excitement and giving fans of many clubs the thrill of a great day out...

    Steve Sands 16th May 2015 08:22 AM