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The contemporary history of the world's favourite game spans more than 100 years.
It all began in 1863 in England, when rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the Football Association in England was formed - becoming the sport's first governing body.
Both codes stemmed from a common root and both have a long and intricately branched ancestral tree.
The latter was played out with a smaller ball by two teams on a rectangular field marked by boundary lines and a centre line.
The objective was to get the ball over the opposition's boundary lines and as players passed it between themselves, trickery was the order of the day.