This Day in European History: October 26th, 1863
- The Creation of the Football Association -
By Ena Barisic
Ebenezer Morley, a London solicitor, formed Barnes FC in 1862 and could thus be considered the ‘father’ of the modern English Football Association (FA). Morley wrote to Bell’s Life, a popular newspaper, arguing that football should have a set of rules in the same way that other sports, like cricket, have. His letter led to a first historic meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, regarding the establishment of The Association.
The Football Association was formed at the Freemason’s Tavern on October 26th, 1863. Captains, secretaries and other representatives of other London and suburban clubs playing their own versions of football met “for the purpose of forming an Association with the object of establishing a definite code of rules for the regulation of the game”.
A new FA National Football Center was recently opened in St. George’s Park in 2012. It is now, a leading center of sports medicine and science, the center for coach education and a training home for Club England and its 24 representative sides.