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The Field of Sport
The field of sport
Introduction

In Homo Ludens Johan Huizinga puts forward the proposition that the advent of modern sport, and concomitantly the beginning of the end of play, can be traced to a specific time and place. He describes this period and process as a transition:

from occasional amusement to the system of organized clubs and matches … The great ball-games in particular require the existence of permanent teams, and herein lies the starting-point of modern sport. The process arises quite spontaneously in the meeting of village against village, school against school, one part of the town against the rest. (1966: 196)

and goes on to outline the factors that helped bring about this development:

That the process started in 19th-century England is understandable up ...

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