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Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football normally means the form of game that is the most popular where the word is used.

Sports commonly called football include association (known as soccer in some countries) gridiron football Australian rules and Gaelic football. These various forms of football are known as soccer codes.

The British have also been considered instrumental at spreading the game, in its modern inception, across the world. The first ever match recorded outside of Europe was in Argentina in 1867, led by several Englishmen working abroad at the time.

Arsenal was the first club from the South of England to join The Football League, in 1893, and they reached the First Division in 1904. Relegated only once, in 1913, they continue the longest streak in the top division, and have won the second-most top-flight matches in English soccer history.

In the 1930s, Arsenal won five League Championships and two FA Cups, and another FA Cup and two Championships after the war. In they won their first League and FA Cup Double. Between 1989 and 2005, they won five League titles and five FA Cups, including two more Doubles. They completed the 20th century with the highest average league position.