Ninh explains: What is football? That’s easy, it’s this, right? This is football. Played with pads and helmets and vicious hits
and sometimes scantily clad uniforms. If you go to anywhere in America, and say
the word ‘football’, everyone will assume you’re talking about this. However next door in Canada – they play
something that looks very similar to American Football, but it’s not. If you ask a Canadian what football is, they’ll
point you out to this. What’s that I can hear? It’s the annoying sound of British haters
who come out with the same tired ass joke. Year in and year out. Oh they don’t actually kick the ball, and
their ball isn’t actually round. It should be called handegg, it’s handegg,
hand egg, hand egg hahaha hand egg. Firstly, that handegg joke wasn’t funny
in the 90’s and it’s still not funny now. And secondly, they do actually kick the ball. It’s actually a really important part of
the game, though people who haven’t watched a great deal of it would actually know that. And thirdly, this is not an egg shape. This is an egg shape. There’s a difference. Speaking of the English, to them this is football. The sport played where you actually have to
kick the ball, like, most of the time. Association football (that’s what it’s
officially called) but sometimes it’s called Soccer because well, it’s there, is probably
the number one played and watched sport in the world right now. Aha, so this is real football. Well, to most English people it is. But there are some that believe this is football. You might know this as Rugby Union or Rugby
League, but the official title of the sport is ‘Rugby Football’. If you don’t believe me, check out the governing
bodies official titles. Yeah, Rugby is a kind of football. It’s a thing. And they also claim that they played their
game before the formation of the Football Association. But in general, each code of Rugby refers
to themselves as ‘Rugby’ to differentiate it from association football, and use the
terms ‘Rugby Union’ and Rugby League’ to differentiate them from each other. The Irish however, claim to have invented
their version of football – a sport called Gaelic Football way before the invention of
Rugby. Even though their pitch and posts looks suspiciously
like a game across the water, and their ball and gameplay suspiciously looks like another
game across the water. Nevertheless, the Irish claim that this is
real football, and football in Ireland refers to Gaelic Football, not Soccer. Enter, the Australians. Who from halfway across the world also claim
to have invented their version of football, independently of the Irish, and claim that
their game preceded theirs. Even though one of their founders was (quite
suspiciously) a former Rugby player. Hmmm, well it’s a bone of contention that’s
disputed amongst historians – but football in Australia generally refers to Aussie Rules
Football, not soccer. So is there a game that’s indisputably older
than these? Yes there is, and it’s by the Italians. To some Italians this is football. Calcio Storico, translated as ‘historic
football’ was the original version of football before the invention of soccer. It’s based on an old Roman game called Harpastum
and in general, it’s one part football, 90 parts beating the shit out of each other. This game is violent and historically Popes
were allowed to play this game … armed with swords! A freaking sword, are you serious?! Being stabbed to death by the holiest man
on earth in the name of sport, is a really bad deal. Okay, violent popes aside, what’s actually
the oldest form of football? Well, if you’re asking the question ‘who
invented the first game that involves kicking a ball’ it’s actually the Chinese. Yes, they played a similar sport over 2000
years ago, where they had to kick balls in order to score goals. This was mainly played during festivals and
celebrations. Even FIFA (the corrupt worldwide governing
body of Association Football) acknowledges on their own website, that it was the Chinese
that are the first to play any variation of the sport of football. So … this is football? Yes, obviously. Come on now, seriously? Well, to ascertain what football is, I’ve
come up with a simple dictionary style definition. Any form of team game involving kicking (and
in some cases handling) a ball, which may or may not be completely spherical, that is
the most popular form of the game in the country that it is played in. So by that definition, in the US – it’s
this game. In Canada, it’s this, in some parts of the
world, it’s this or this. In Ireland this is football, in Australia
that’s football. In Italy, that’s football … kind of, in
China – that was originally football. And in many countries in the world, this is
football. One word, several sports, all football. …………
Hang on wise guy, what do you think football is? It’s this … obviously. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK