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In London, the Football Association, the first governing body of its kind in the world, is founded

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10/26/1863
In London, a meeting of representatives of a number of suburban clubs playing football around the city met to iron out differences in the rules being used in contests between them.  No uniform set of rules had yet been formulated to play the game.  A permanent arrangement was proposed at the meeting and the Football Association was founded on the spot, the first of its kind in the world.  Ebenezer Morley was named as the first Secretary and Arthur Pember, of the No Names of Kilburn Club, became the Association's first president.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Matthew Taylor, The Association Game: A History of British Football (London: Pearson Education, 2008), 29. 

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