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     The history of soccer shows that so many ancient cultures played a sport similar to modern soccer that no one can say with any certainty when or where soccer began. But it is known that the earlier varieties of what later became soccer were played almost 3000 years ago. Soccer has evolved greatly since the beginning as well as the sports equipment used to play the game.

     One of the oldest forms of soccer in which players kicked a ball on a small field has been traced as far back as 1004 B.C. in Japan. The Chinese kicked a leather ball (filled with hair) and it is known for sure that a soccer game was played in 611 A.D. in the ancient Japanese capital Kyoto.

     The ancient Romans played a game that somewhat resembled modern soccer. The early Olympic games in ancient Rome featured twenty-seven men on a side who competed so vigorously that two-thirds of them had to be hospitalized after a fifty-minute game. Sports equipment in terms of soccer has always been somewhat minimal so it is easy to understand why vigorous play can cause injury.

     When the game finally arrived in England, it had acquired a bad enough reputation among British royalty that the government sometimes passed laws against soccer. In King Edward's reign of England (1307-1327), laws were passed that posed jail time for anyone caught engaging in the sport of soccer. Laws, however, failed to stop the sport, and the game began to gain popularity by 1800s.

     The game of soccer today has evolved to a profound place in the sporting world. A recent World cup which took place in Korea and Japan was watched by an estimated 33 billion people around the world for almost 27 days. This makes soccer, the most watched single sports event in the world's history. This sport is bigger than baseball, football and basketball combined.

     Soccer equipment requires a few pieces of equipment but in comparison to football for example, it is very little. Cleats, shin guards, a soccer ball and a goal and net is all a player really needs to play the game.