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Jump to navigationJump to look this text may be about all types of soccer. For specific codes of football and alternative uses of the term, see soccer (disambiguation). many codes of football. Left to right, high to bottom: association, gridiron, Australian rules, rugger union, rugby league and Gaelic soccer is a family of team sports that involve, to variable degrees, kicking a ball to get a goal. Unqualified, the word football commonly suggests that the shape of football that's the most popular wherever the word is used. Sports usually referred to as football embrace football (known as soccer in North America and Oceania); gridiron football (specifically American football game or Canadian football); Australian rules football; rugger union and rugby league; and Gaelic football.[1] These various types of football share to variable extent common origins and are referred to as football codes. There are variety of references to traditional, ancient, or prehistoric ball games compete in many alternative elements of the world.[2][3][4] up to date codes of football are often derived back to the codification of those games at English public faculties during the nineteenth century.[5][6] The growth and cultural influence of the British Empire allowed these rules of football to unfold to areas of British influence outside the directly controlled Empire.[7] By the top of the 19th century, distinct regional codes were already developing: Gaelic football, for example, deliberately incorporated the principles of native ancient football games so as to take care of their heritage.[8] In 1888, The league was supported in England, changing into the primary of the many sport associations. throughout the twentieth century, many of the assorted varieties of football grew to become a number of the foremost common team sports in the world.[9]