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How did the game of soccer get started?
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  1. Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world. Tens of thousands of fans watch a match in a stadium and hundreds of millions tune in for soccer on TV. Many cultures claim to have invented the game, but its roots can be traced back to mass street games with hundreds of players from rival villages in Britain; formal rules were developed by schoolboys. Meetings between representatives of some of the schools began in 1848, and over the years they came up with the rules for the modern game. Some preferred a game that was rougher, and in which players could carry the ball; this sport became known as rugby.

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