A look at the present day football and how it came to be will take us back to thousands of years. The modern day football is an offshoot of the events of 1863 in England. This came through the branching off of The Association Football and Rugby Football into different courses. This gave rise to the English Football Association that brought the modern game to what it looks like at the moment.
The Chinese Angle
A look at where football is coming from reveals that the concept of kicking of balls has been a popular practice in different parts of the world thousands of years ago. It is always very easy to control, handle and enjoy the ball with hands. But the act of controlling the ball with the feet was seen as a very difficult one. So, it was seen as something that needed special skills and effort to achieve. That was why one of the military manual of trainings had the kicking of balls with the leg as one of its exercises in China thousands of years ago.
At the moment, the type of football that happened in the Han Dynasty then was named Tsu' Chu. Here, leather balls that are full of feathers and hair were kicked through an opening of only 30-40 cm in width, into long bamboo canes that have nets in-between them. The chest, back, and feet were used for this attack, and the hand was prohibited.
The Japanese Angle
In Japan, about 500 years after the Chinese game started, the Japanese Kemari was on. Here, they do not struggle for possession, so it does not have that competitive angle that characterized the Chinese Tsu Chu. Here, the players just stand in a circle of small space and pass the ball to one another. This is still in existence in Japan till today.
While this was on, there was a similar thing in Greece called Episkyros, and another in Roma called Harpastum.
The Mesoamerican Angle
The game was recorded as a team affair firstly in the old Mesoamerican cultures. This was around 3000 years back. One significant thing about this game is that the ball was seen as the sun at that moment. After the game, the losing team will have to suffer. This includes sacrificing their captain to the gods.