The Genesis Of Soccer In Australia

Soccer has a long, misunderstood and complicated history in Australia. While many believe that soccer only became popular after the arrival of large numbers from Europe, it has been around for more than 130 years.

Collective wisdom held that the first game in soccer in Australia was play between the Wanderers in Sydney and the King’s School of Sydney in 1880.

An earlier game found last year, The 1879 Hobart game between the New Town and Cricketers football clubs. Recent research has reveal that earlier games were also play.

It looks like history will have to rewritten again. I confirm that there was a game on Saturday 7th August 1875 at Woogaroo now Goodna, just outside Brisbane. According to the Queenslander, 14 August, the Brisbane Football Club met with the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum inmates and warders on the Asylum’s football field.

Handled Or Carried

After arranging the rules, umpires appoint and the rules were set, play began at half-past 2. Mr. Sheehan was acting for Brisbane and Mr. Jack for Woogaroo. The ball must not be handle or carried.

This description does not prove that the game is soccer, or British Association Football. The Victorian publication The Footballer in1875 provides the most convincing evidence. It states in its section on Football in Queensland, that the match was play without handling the ball in any circumstance whatsoever Association rules.

This isn’t the first game of Australian soccer. My mind is clear that there were other games. It is likely that the 1870 Melbourne game between the Melbourne Football Club (MFC) and the Police was play according to British Association rules. However, more research is require to confirm this.

It is worth telling the fascinating story of why the Woogaroo Association played soccer while all the other clubs in the region were playing rugby. It could have been decide by the Asylum’s superintendent, or the players. However, it possible that the decision made base on assumptions about which game would appropriate for inmates. This is an area for speculation and further research.

Diagnosing What Ails Aussie Soccer

It would make for a fascinating story if this was the case. Imagine that Australian soccer’s guiding spirit stems from its foundation in a psychiatric facility. This is a place of extreme difference, alienation and paranoia.

While soccer is certainly sick, metaphors of madness won’t work. First, such metaphors would trivialize mental illness. Second, the game’s ills are less dramatic and have more complex explanations

Australian soccer, as a game and institution, has faced many problems throughout its history. The truth of Australian sport discourse today is that soccer has one of the highest participation rates in the world. It seems that these participation rates are not translating into mainstream sporting success.

This isn’t a new phenomenon. There have been many booms in the Australian game: The 1880s immediately before WWI, the 1920s as well as the 1950s and 60s. And the mid-2000s. Waves of migration brought new communities to the country with a passion for the game, allowing them to rebuild it or create new clubs. Strong soccer cultures were create in areas like the Illawarra and Hunter by migrant communities that are base on particular industries, such as coal mining.

The game continued to thrive despite being played in other sports cultures. For example, soccer matches at the Fitzroy Cricket Ground were attended by crowds as high as 5000 before World War I. VFL circles were somewhat confounded when soccer crowds began to be compared with footy crowds in 1960s Melbourne. Throughout the 20th century, huge crowds attended international matches across the country.

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