What Americans know as soccer is called football by the rest of the world. It is a sport that was developed in ancient China, with the modern version developing in England during medieval times.

Football (Soccer) and the Olympics

What Americans know as soccer is called football by the rest of the world. It is a sport that was developed in ancient China, with the modern version developing in England during medieval times. At this time it was played with a pig’s bladder, and became so violent that the crown banned it for over 300 years.

Football is now considered to be the most popular sport in the world. It was added to the Olympics at the 1900 Paris Games, and has been a part of every summer Olympics since (excluding the 1932 Los Angeles Games). Women’s soccer was added during the 1996 Atlanta Games, and American women are considered a powerhouse in the sport.

There is a gold medal awarded in each of the men’s and women’ competitions. Soccer runs throughout the 2012 Olympics (competition actually started before the Opening Ceremony), with medal round events being held on August 7 and August 10.

Soccer at Michigan State

Michigan State has both a men’s and a women’s varsity soccer team. Each team plays at the DeMartin Soccer Complex. The men’s team began in 1956 under Coach Gene Kenney. The team finished their 2011-2012 season with an overall record of 7-8-4 and a conference record of 2-2-2. They will start their season with two exhibition games at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on August 17 and against Duke (in Angola, Indiana) on August 19. They will open their season with a home game against Valparaiso on August 24.

The women’s team finished their 2011-2012 season with an overall record of 14-6-1 and a conference record of 7-4-0. They will play at Milwaukee in an exhibition game on August 11, and will then open their season at Bowling Green on August 17.

Here are a few Beneath the Pines photos of the soccer locker rooms and the DeMartin Soccer Complex. You can make a gift in support of the soccer teams on the MSU Giving Website.

Men’s Locker Room

Men's Locker Room - Trophies
Men's Locker Room - Professional Spartan Soccer Players 
Men's Locker Room
Men's Locker Room - The bear trophy goes to the victor of the MSU/UM game

Women’s Locker Room

DeMartin Soccer Complex

Practice field
Team benches
Fan stands
New entrance (under construction)
Scoreboard
The team's view
MSU Athletics is responsible for all field maintenance of their facilities

Photo Credits: All photos taken by Katie Kelly, Communications Manager, University Scholarships & Fellowships.

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