FIFA Museum released the opening chapter of its first digital exhibition entitled “Origins: Pre-Histories of Football” that focuses on four different ball games from days gone by: the Mesoamerican ball game, Kemari in Japan, Cuju in China and the ball games of Ancient Greece and Rome.
“In our first digital exhibition, we relied upon the research and expertise of an international committee of scholars to investigate various ball sports from antiquity that we refer to as the pre-histories of football,” explained Marco Fazzone, Director of the FIFA Museum.
“We decided to start with four examples in which ball games were a documented feature of society. The intention was not to ascribe a particular value or significance to a specific game, but instead to show how ball games have been part and parcel of daily life in every society. We can’t wait to launch our first digital exhibition on this fascinating and profound subject so that it can be accessed by people all over the world.”
The Museum has developed a programme for schools in close collaboration with the education team at Zurich’s Museum Rietberg. In “Back to Origins: Discover the Old, Explore the New”, which runs from March to July 2022, schoolchildren will be able to learn more by following the discovery trail between the two museums.
Emmanuel Bucher, Team Leader Education at the FIFA Museum lauded the move saying that “It should allow many schoolchildren to learn more about humanity’s fascination with ball games in a playful way. We’re particularly excited about the participatory games that the classes will develop themselves and to see the new pastimes that emerge at the end of the project.”