Soccer started 2,000 years ago. Multiple countries claim to have began the sport. These countries being China, Greece, Rome, and parts of Central America.
England is given credit for transitioning soccer into the game we know today. The were the first to give the game uniform rules used around the world. This made it easier for people to play, and made more countries play and form teams. Soccer spread because of contagious diffusion.
Now more than 200 countries around the world play soccer. The world cup for soccer is held every year, along with many other tournaments. Women and men are allowed to participate in the sport. There are 4,779 stadiums in the world! That's not including all the fields.