Is soccer the original form of football that was played in pre-industrial times? But modern soccer looks nothing like the ancient forms of folk football – and for its first few years it was barely distinguishable from rugby. So how did it become the most popular type of football?
This week’s episode examines whether it was soccer’s rules that made it popular or something much more fundamental in late-Victorian Britain.
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