Description of the Rules of Football as played at Shrewsbury School (1855)

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Description of the rules of football as played at Shrewsbury School  (1855) 

From a set of printed rules of "douling" or Football, dated "about 1855". Source gives only "the principal points in which the code then differed from modern Association [football]".

1. Each side could consist of twelve, or of an unlimited number.

2. A match was decided by the best out of three 'games' (i.e. goals).

3. A goal could be kicked at any height.

4. A player who caught the ball direct from a kick could take a 'hoist' (i.e. drop kick); otherwise the ball might not be handled.

5. No one might stand wilfully between the ball and his opponent's goal.

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


The author died in 1924, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.