Soccer can be traced all the way back 2,000 years to ancient China. The sport began its popularity in England where the first ever recorded contest was held during the eleventh century. During the Danish invasion, excavating workers found a Danish soilders head and started to kick it, "Kick the Danish Head," this is where they got the idea of using an inflated cow bladder. During the twelve century, King Henry the second banned "football" because it disrupted village life. It was later legalized in 1603 by King James the First when soccer was an english folk custom.