Cambridge Rules of Football 1848 — Rule #9
I recently had occasion to visit Cambridge, England and while I was there, I was interested to learn a unique piece of football history. Apparently, the first known instance of codifying (or writing down) the rules of association football happened in Cambridge. In 1848, a group of Cambridge University students wrote out a set of 11 rules. They nailed these to the trees surrounding Parker’s Piece, a large grassy park in central Cambridge.
Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I take a look at Rule 9:
If the ball has passed a player, and has come from the direction of his own goal, he may not touch it till the other side have kicked it, unless there are more than three of the other side before him. No player is allowed to loiter between the ball and the adversaries’ goal.
Whew! That’s a mouthful of a rule! Rule #9 — this is one of the more unique and hard to understand rules (I think). Essentially we get our offsides rule (in the modern game) from this Cambridge Rule. The life lesson? I talk about positioning. Listen to learn more.
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