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.
Meso-American ball games were fundamental for the political, social and ritual life of the communities and empires that flourished in the region. The playing of ball games is one of the traits that defined the Meso-American cultural tradition.
Long overlooked, Meso-American ball games are an important part of the cultural heritage of all modern ball sports, and some of the parallels with today’s football are striking. All modern ball sports have their own unique origin story that led to codification, so one that was played with the hip would seem to have limited relevance to the story of how association football was developed. It would be wrong, however, to assume that there are no connections.
Much of what we know today about the Meso-American ball games comes from the archaeological finds related to the ball courts. Join our live talk webinar with our experts and take a step back in time to witness a ball game in Meso-America. It might not be an entirely unfamiliar experience for the modern fan.