SHEFFIELD FC- EARLIEST RECORDS
There are records of earlier forms of football being played in China that date back almost 2000 years; and a form of the game was enjoyed in ancient Greece and Rome. However it was in England that this sport was to take shape and become the game the world now recognizes as football.
BRINGING ORDER TO CHAOS
By the mid 19th century the game had evolved somewhat with various Public Schools and Universities who introduced their own idiosyncratic laws that co-existed.
In my hands is a copy of the first football club rules and regulations
What was needed though was a strong set of individuals to impose a standard set of laws and that is precisely what happened in Sheffield.
Sheffield Football Club’s influence on the modern game cannot be overstated. They have pioneered the writing of a commonly accepted set of rules, played a key role in the formation of the FA and were involved in a host of innovations such as the first crossbar, the first corner kick, the first free kick and the first floodlit match.