This week the Wednesday Word celebrates the beautiful game.
150 years ago a group of men got together in a London pub and formed the Football Association.
On Saturday 10 August, England will join together in celebration of the nation’s favourite game.
The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, in honour of the former England Manager, will follow in the footsteps of the England Football Day, which took place during World Cup 2010.
The Duke of Cambridge has hailed the “incredible efforts” of grassroots football volunteers up and down the country.
In a message played at today’s launch of the FA’s 150th birthday celebrations, HRH Prince William, President of the Football Association, paid a glowing tribute to the army of volunteers without whom the grassroots game would not exist.
Football has changed a fair bit since the Football Association was formed 150 years ago.
Back then the game had no corner kicks, no crossbars and any player – not just goalkeepers – could handle the ball.
The Football Association’s 150th birthday celebrations get officially underway in London today.
A year of celebrations to mark 150 years since the FA was formed kick off at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn today, on the site of the Freemasons’ Tavern, where the FA was founded in 1863.