Originating in England over 150 years ago, football has grown to become the most widely played and watched sport on the planet. First broadcast to TV audiences in 1936, England's top division alone is now beamed into 212 territories, to 643 million homes, and to a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people (making it the most watched top division football competition in the world) while Italy's top division, Spain premier league and Europe's other elite competitions are not far behind.
Founded in 1992, the EPL generates interest and revenues that far outstrip its powerhouse competitors, with well over half a million fans travelling around the UK every weekend to watch sides such as Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United.
With most stadiums packed to capacity every week across Europe, football tickets are always in high demand, so check out listings and tickets for the latest fixtures at StubHub and see your side in action this season.
Football: over a century of entertainment across the world
Football's roots can be traced back as far as the Medieval period in England, when 'mob football' was contested by rival towns and villages. During long and chaotic matches, teams of unlimited numbers of players attempted to kick an inflated pig's bladder to markers often located miles apart. As the game evolved over the following centuries, teams struggled to agree on a set of universally accepted rules until the formation of the first Football Association in England in 1863. That was followed by the first of many professional football competitions in 1888, and most of the laws of the game introduced by the governing body still stand today.
The expansion of the British Empire saw the rules of football spread across the globe with the sport now being played by over 250 million players in over 200 nations. For many decades, the game has the highest television audience in sport, making it the most popular and lucrative game in the world.
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