The FIFA Museum launches its first global digital exhibition entitled “Origins: Prehistories of football”

With a virtual interactive multimedia experience accessible worldwide, the FIFA Museum has published the opening chapter of its first digital exhibition entitled “Origins: Prehistories of Football” on its official website.

The FIFA Museum’s first digital exhibit, “Origins: Prehistories of Football” focuses on four different ball games from the past: Mesoamerican ball game, Kemari in Japan, Cuju in China and ball games from Greece ancient and Rome. The Museum will unveil each of these four chapters over the coming weeks. Starting today, virtual visitors can enjoy the first part of this digital exhibition on the Japanese game Kemari through the following link below (

“Origins: Prehistories of football”

Association football, as we call it today, was born in London in 1863. Yet the question of what influenced the development and codification of the world’s most important and important sport fascinates historians as much. than football fans. What cultural traditions have led some people to “play” different ball games and others to watch them? While there is no indication of a direct link between these precursors and modern gaming, these hobbies demonstrate humanity’s innate predisposition to play with a ball, whether for social interaction, military training, as part of a ritual ceremony or simply as a way of entertainment.

An exhibition based on scientific research

“In our first digital exhibit, we drew on the research and expertise of an international committee of academics to investigate various ball sports from antiquity that we call the prehistories of football,” said Marco Fazzone , director of the FIFA Museum. “We decided to start with four examples in which ball games were a documented feature of the company. The intention was not to ascribe any particular value or meaning to a specific game, but rather to show how ball games are an integral part of everyday life in every society. We look forward to launching our first digital exhibition on this fascinating and profound subject so that it is accessible to people around the world.

To give a physical dimension to this digital exhibition project, the Museum has developed a program for schools in close collaboration with the educational team of the Rietberg Museum in Zurich. In “Back to origins: discovering the old, exploring the new”, which takes place from March to July 2022, schoolchildren will be able to learn more by following the discovery trail between the two museums. “We really appreciate this innovative collaboration,” said Emmanuel Bucher, Team Leader Education at the FIFA Museum. “It should allow many schoolchildren to learn more about humanity’s fascination with ball games in a fun way. We are especially excited about the participatory games that the classes will develop themselves and to see the new hobbies that will emerge at the end of the project.

The FIFA Museum in Zurich preserves and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of football. It features cultural exhibitions and events as well as educational programs to show how the world’s most popular sport inspires and connects people around the world.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of FIFA.

Contact for African media:
[email protected]

Comments are closed.