Football is the most popular sport in the world, with over 265 million players and over 4 billion fans.
. Football originated in China around 476 BC.
The first football match was played in 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton.
The FIFA World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world, with over 3.5 billion viewers in 2018.
The fastest goal ever scored in a professional football match was scored by Alan Shearer in 1996, in just 2.4 seconds.
Only 8 countries have won the FIFA World Cup: Brazil (5 times), Germany (4 times), Italy (4 times), Argentina (3 times), Uruguay (2 times), England (1 time), and France (1 time).
The most successful club football team in the world is Real Madrid, with 14 UEFA Champions League titles.
The most expensive football transfer of all time is Neymar's transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million in 2017.
The oldest football club in the world is Sheffield FC, founded in 1857.
The largest football stadium in the world is the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea, with a capacity of 150,000 spectators.