Rules of Association Football, 1863

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In 1863 a group of victorian Oxbridge graduates, frustrated by the confusing riot of competing rules which characterized the game of football, drew up the first standard set of rules, creating the First Rule Book of the FA, recently recognised as one of the twelve books that changed the world.
The Rule Book of The FA from 1863 is one of the most important books ever published - according to the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg. Drawing on his recently published work, he explains in the Introduction why this book is one of the Twelve Books that Changed the World (Hodder & Stoughton, April 2006). Published to coincide with the World Cup in June 2006, this unassuming little book sets out the thirteen original rules as first written down by a group of frustrated former public school men at the Freemason's Tavern in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Every rule is accompanied by images from the hand-written manuscript preserved at The FA which records the first time that anyone put pen to paper and wrote down the fundamental tenets of football, such as the definition of a free kick or the length of a regulation football pitch. When these rules were originally published, it became possible for everyone, everywhere to play the same game, and it was this that enabled the 'beautiful game' to become the worldwide force it is today.
As Sir Bobby Charlton explains in the foreword, the fourteen original rules embody the essence of the game, and instil admiration for the honesty, courage, and skill of its players. These rules have not simply made it possible to play football; they embody its spirit and heritage. The book is officially endorsed by The FA and supported by a publicity initiative backed by The FA.
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Weight 0.098000
Author Charlton, Sir Bobby
Availability IP
Department Outdoor Pursuits
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781851243754
Pages 72
Published 01/06/2006
Publisher Bodleian Library
Section Other Sports
Series Original Rules
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