Evaluate critically the impact of socio-cultural factors that have influenced the growth and development of association football from 1850 to today.
The 1850’s saw drastic changes to most of Britain, the major change being the huge increase in urbanisation which was key to the development of association football. This was because the people of the urbanising areas ended up being in small spaces for the sheer number of people there was. This was only enhanced by the movement of rural-urban migration as people sought both work and a new life in the newly growing towns and cities. In the 1860’s -1880’s the Saturday half day was introduced and by the 1880’s everybody was entitled to the Saturday half day, this meant that people had more free time and usually in the Saturday afternoon football was played or watched in the free time they had. Spectators became a very important part of the development of association football as most of the people who wanted to be involved in football were just spectators due to a lack of space and not enough teams, this meant that as more people watched the football on Saturday afternoons facilities such as small terraces were built around the pitch so spectators could watch. This was the development of the earliest stadium although they were very basic at the time. In the mid 1880’s as the quickly industrialising cities became more organised and planned allocated open space was made available to use and the working class used this open space to recreate. This was the first parks. As football became more popular as there was more free time etc, the playing of matches became more regular and there were many old boys teams set up as well as a few other teams. The FA cup was played in 1872 where for 10 years or so the old school boy teams dominated until 1885 where old eatoninans were beaten by Blackburn Olympic. This was a stepping stone for the game of football to blossom to a working class game. For football professionalism and...
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