It’s time for one of my favorite units: the history of football. We go back in time over 150 years to the origins of the game of football in England, and over the years and across continents morphed into several different games: Association Football (also known as soccer), Rugby Football and American football. We’ll play all three sports as they were played in different eras from the mid-1800s to today, with the changes in rules as we go—imagine being able to knock down the ball with your hands in soccer, or no forward passes in American football. For rugby and American football we use flag belts.
We start with soccer, then rubgy, then finally American football. During the first two games, a few of the kids who like playing American football always ask, “Are we going to play football [meaning American football] today?” My answer? “It’s all football!”