Faculty Mentor

Chadron Hazelbaker

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Interdisciplinary Studies


Football, as we know it, has changed significantly since it's humble beginnings in 1892. In it's early beginnings, football was an all-out brawl. The first football game was played in 1869. It was an intercollegiate contest between Rutgers and Princeton universities, but the game was played according to soccer rules modified from the London Football Association. During the next seven years, rugby gained popularity over soccer and modern football was launched from Rugby. In 1876, the Intercollegiate Football Association (IFA) was formed by Columbia, Princeton, Yale, and Harvard universities. IFA was dedicated to playing football according to rugby rules. Walter Camp, now known as the father of American football, helped establish many of the first rules and regulations of football. Over the next 25 years, the rules of the game changed and transformed the soccer-rugby mix into American football. The game itself has evolved from it's early beginnings; thus, the rules of football had to evolve as well. Revisions to the rules have made football more fair, safer, and more entertaining-- all in the name of improving the game.