Watch the first two Live Talk Webinars about the Origins of Football

You can now watch the first two Live Talk Webinars accompanying our digital exhibition “Origins: Pre-Histories of Football”. Don’t forget to sign up for the remaining two webinars on Greco-Roman and Meso-American ball games.


Live Talk Webinar: Cuju

The Chinese ball game of cuju has a history dating back over 2,000 years. It is little played today, but its vibrant history lives on. In this one-hour webinar hosted by the FIFA Museum, experts Michael Wood (BBC Broadcaster and Historian) and Prof. Yang-wen Zheng (Chinese History, University of Manchester) search for the origins of football in China and compare the cultural impact of cuju and modern football.

Live Talk Webinar: Kemari

Kemari is a highly ritualised game indigenous to Japan that has been played for over a millennium. It enjoyed a high social status, the legacy of which is a historical record that has been passed down through the centuries. It is the only ancient ball game for which we have accurate details as to its exact nature.

Watch our live talk webinar with experts Prof. Lee Thompson (University of Waseda, Tokyo Japan) and Guy Oliver (Football Historian, FIFA Museum) to find out why kemari failed to make the transition from ancient to modern sport.



Sign up for free for the remaining two Live Talk Webinars

31 August 2022 – Greco-Roman ball games

Greece and Rome broke new ground in organised sport, giving the world the Olympic Games and gladiatorial contests. Join us and our experts for a free one-hour webinar to find out why ball games, even though being part of everyday life, were somewhat relegated to the margins in these heroic times.


28 September 2022 – Meso-American ball games

The history of ball games in Meso-America stretches back millennia. Join us and our experts for a free one-hour webinar for a deep dive into the significance of ball games for Meso-American communities and their parallels with today’s football.