Sheffield Rules

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Sheffield Rules  (1858) 
Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest

a football code played in Sheffield and the north of England. It existed between 1857 and 1878. These are some of the published versions of the rules.

The initial rules were created by Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest. The rules were generally changed on a yearly basis, initially at the Sheffield F.C. AGM the at the Sheffield FA AGM after its establishment. However, some meetings were called to make interim changes. The laws were abandoned in 1878 when the Laws of the Game were adopted.

The early Sheffield Rules were particularly important as their offside system allowed poaching or sneaking and thus demonstrated the benefit of the forward pass: Players known as "kick throughs" were positioned permanently near the opponents goal to receive these balls. According to C.W.Alcock the Sheffield style gave birth to the modern passing game.

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This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.