Rules of football, Trinity College, Hartford (1858)

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1st. Each side shall choose two umpires, whose decision, under the following rules shall be final.

2d. A line shall be drawn at 50 feet from either bound, over which lines the sides shall not pass before the ball has been canted.[1]

3d There shall be no carrying of the ball.

4th. A clear space of at least ten feet shall be given in front of the ball after it has been caught.

5th. Fifteen minutes shall be allowed between each game

6th. Players shall, under no circumstances, be allowed to hold on to one of the opposite party.

7th. Each side must keep on their own side of the ball.

8th If the ball goes over the side bounds, it shall be kicked through the middle by the player who gets it.


  1. James A. H. Murray (ed.) (1893). A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles ii. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 78. [Entry "cant" (v.2) 2.b.]: To turn over completely, turn upside down  (Wikisource contributor note)

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