Modern football has evolved from a game played in streets and schools in the mid-1800s to the most widely played game on earth.
The year 1863 marks the beginning in the history of modern football with the formation of the Football Association (FA). Eight years later, the federation counted 50 club-members.
The sport’s Olympic life began as a demonstration event at Athens 1896 and it soon became an official part of the programme, featuring fully for the first time at London 1908. Nearly a century later, women’s football was introduced and debuted at Atlanta 1996.
The United States hold the honour of being the most successful ever footballing Olympic nation, boasting seven medals including four golds.