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Question: Ever wonder why they call the soccer field a “Pitch”?

Answer: While British football was created as a war game in the 8th Century, the Japanese were playing a form of football called Kemari around 1004 B.C. on fields of play. Kemari, the Japanese version of “Football”, is perhaps one of the most different forms of the sport, in comparison to modern football. Kemari was a game of “keep it up”, much like modern hacky sacks, although used with a larger ball that was stuffed with saw dust. This version involves a “pitch”, or the field, designated by the selection of four trees, the cherry, maple, pine and willow. Many great houses in Japan would grow trees to have a permanent pitch, or field, established.

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