To most of the world, “football” means soccer. And in Australia, “football” refers to a game that looks a lot like rugby. As it turns out, American football comes from both of these sports — football and rugby. Rugby began in 1823 at the famous Rugby Boys’ School in England. The idea of running the football into the end zone to score a goal comes from rugby. Soccer is also from England, and was played as early as the 1820s. Kicking a ball through posts to score a goal comes from soccer. The American version of football was invented in the 19th Century by college students looking to make up their own version of rugby and soccer. By the 1920s, the United States had its own professional football league.