Sporting Highlights for 1863

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1863. The British Open was won by Willie Park, Snr, the winner for the inaugural event in 1860. Also this year the Football Association was formed in England, thus standardizing soccer. The first ever soccer match was played on Barnes common at Mortlake, London on 19th December 1863 between Barnes Football Club and Richmond Football Club. The game ended 0-0 draw. Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympic Movement, was born January 1, 1863.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1863. OK, it is not much of a timeline with this many events, but not much was going on in world sports at this time.

Date Results
Oct Golf British Open won by Willie Park, Snr
Dec 19 The first ever soccer match was played, between Barnes Football Club and Richmond Football Club. Result 0-0 draw.

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know. You can also send a comment below.

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