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Football: Timeline

Sheffield FC — recognised as the world's oldest football club — founded Click to show or hide the answer
Notts County — the Football League's oldest club — founded Click to show or hide the answer
Football is played at Bramall Lane, Sheffield (previously a cricket ground), for the first time — making it the world's oldest major football ground Click to show or hide the answer
Football Association founded Click to show or hide the answer
FA introduces a tape between the goalposts, eight feet above the ground Click to show or hide the answer
Corner kick first introduced under the Sheffield Rules Click to show or hide the answer
FA Cup competition first held Click to show or hide the answer
FA adopts the corner kick Click to show or hide the answer
England and Scotland contest the first international match (result 0-0) Click to show or hide the answer
Shin guards first used (by Sam Widdowson of Nottingham Forest) Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish Cup (final) first played Click to show or hide the answer
FA rules make crossbars obligatory Click to show or hide the answer
Floodlights first used, at Bramall Lane (as an experiment, for a friendly game between teams chosen by the Sheffield Association and local clubs) Click to show or hide the answer
The four British associations meet to agree a common set of laws Click to show or hide the answer
Single-handed throw-ins outlawed Click to show or hide the answer
Professionalism legalised (in England) Click to show or hide the answer
International Football Association Board (IFAB) meets for the first time Click to show or hide the answer
Football League founded Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish Football League founded, with 10 clubs Click to show or hide the answer
Football League expanded to 14 clubs Click to show or hide the answer
Goal nets introduced Click to show or hide the answer
Penalty kicks introduced Click to show or hide the answer
Football League creates a Second Division of 12 clubs, and expands the First Division to 16, by effectively absorbing the First Division of the Football Alliance Click to show or hide the answer
Football League Second Division increased to 15 clubs. One of the five new clubs, Woolwich Arsenal, becomes the first club from the south of England to compete in the League Click to show or hide the answer
Football League Second Division increased to 16 clubs, making a total of 32 (two divisions of 16 each) Click to show or hide the answer
Football League increased to 36 clubs (two divisions of 18 each). Automatic promotion and relegation introduced for the first time after Stoke and Burnley were held to have colluded to ensure that they both played in the First Division in the 1898-9 season Click to show or hide the answer
FIFA founded in Paris Click to show or hide the answer
Football League increased to 40 clubs (two divisions of 20 each) Click to show or hide the answer
Football League suspended for the duration of World War I Click to show or hide the answer
Football League increased to 44 clubs (two divisions of 22 each), on resumption after World War I Click to show or hide the answer
Football League forms a Third Division of 22 clubs, by effectively absorbing the First Division of the Southern League Click to show or hide the answer
Football League forms a Third Division (North), by absorbing 18 clubs from various northern league. Most of the Third Division formed the previous year is now the Third Division (South) Click to show or hide the answer
FA Cup Final played at Wembley for the first time Click to show or hide the answer
Football League expands the Third Division (North) to 22 clubs, making it the same size as the other three divisions and bringing the total to 88 clubs Click to show or hide the answer
Number of players needed to keep a player onside reduced from 3 to 2 Click to show or hide the answer
Dixie Dean scored a record 60 goals Click to show or hide the answer
Shirt numbers first used (in the FA Cup final) Click to show or hide the answer
Shirt numbers became compulsory in the Football League Click to show or hide the answer
Football League suspended for the duration of World War I Click to show or hide the answer
Football League expands the two Third Divisions to 24 clubs each, making a total of 92 Click to show or hide the answer
White ball first used in the Football League Click to show or hide the answer
UEFA founded in Basel, Switzerland Click to show or hide the answer
The first floodlit FA Cup game (Carlisle v. Darlington, replay, at Newcastle) Click to show or hide the answer
The first floodlit Football League game (Portsmouth v. Newcastle) Click to show or hide the answer
Football League re-organises the Third Divisions (North) and (South) into the Third and Fourth divisions Click to show or hide the answer
League Cup (final) first played Click to show or hide the answer
Football League abolishes the maximum wage Click to show or hide the answer
Substitutes first appeared in the Football League (for injuries) Click to show or hide the answer
Tactical substitutes allowed in the Football League Click to show or hide the answer
Red and yellow cards first used (in the World Cup finals) Click to show or hide the answer
3 up and 3 down in the Football League Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish League restructured into Premier, First, Second and Third divisions Click to show or hide the answer
Red and yellow cards first used in Britain Click to show or hide the answer
Clydebank's Kilbowie Park becomes Britain's first all-seater stadium (in order to reduce the crowd capacity, so as to avoid having to comply with safety regulations) Click to show or hide the answer
Aberdeen's Pittodrie is proclaimed as Britain's first all-seated, all-covered football ground (although two corners remain uncovered) Click to show or hide the answer
Highfield Road (Coventry) becomes English football's first all-seater stadium (terracing was re-introduced at one end in 1985 to appease fans) Click to show or hide the answer
Three points for a win introduced in the Football League Click to show or hide the answer
Modern play-off system introduced in the Football League, as part of the reduction of the First Division to 20 clubs (and the expansion of the Second to 24) Click to show or hide the answer
Football League reduces the First Division to 21 clubs (from 22) and expands the Second to 23 (also from 22) Click to show or hide the answer
Football League reduces the First Division to 20 clubs and expands the Second to 24 Click to show or hide the answer
Automatic promotion and relegation between the Football League and the Football Conference introduced Click to show or hide the answer
Football League expands the First Division to 22 clubs (from 20) and expands the Fourth to 24 (from 22) Click to show or hide the answer
Football League starts with 93 clubs, but is reduced to 92 when Aldershot are declared bankrupt and obliged to resign after 36 games; their results were expunged Click to show or hide the answer
Back-pass rule takes effect Click to show or hide the answer
Premier League formed Click to show or hide the answer
FIFA adopts three points for a win Click to show or hide the answer
FA Premier League reduced to 20 teams, and Football League Third Division (previously the Fourth Division) increased to 24 Click to show or hide the answer
Back-pass rule extended to apply to corner kicks Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish Premier League founded; Scottish Football League now consists of three divisions of 10 clubs each Click to show or hide the answer
Football League "rebranded" into Championship, League One, and League Two Click to show or hide the answer
Number of clubs automatically promoted and relegated between the League and the Conference each year increased to two Click to show or hide the answer

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