About Cambridge Rules

What began as a simple set of rules for a game of football played on a patch of ground in Cambridge, has grown into a worldwide phenomena embraced by diverse cultures around the world.

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Written in Stone

One large stone cut into nine, engraved with the laws of the game in different languages. Four stones stay on Parker’s Piece, the others travel to five countries across the planet in a cultural exchange.

Written in Stone

Interpreted Worldwide

For centuries, Parker's Piece has been used for sport, recreation and public events. But where do you play football? Share your stories, photographs and film about the beautiful game wherever it is played.

Interpreted Worldwide

Brought Back to Cambridge

In 2018, football stories, images and sounds gathered from around the world will be displayed on Parker’s Piece as Cambridge’s stone marker is unveiled - celebrating the city’s role in the story of football.

Brought Back to Cambridge

Nigel Fenner

I attended the unveiling of the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Parker's Piece on Saturday 12th May 2018 and was so impressed, that it prompted me to make a contribution to the website. I was very fortunate to be a… Read More

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English

Cambridge, UK

Mark Smith

Being born and raised in Stevenage, I chose to follow my local football team (then "Stevenage Borough") on a regular basis in my later teenage years. Nowadays, this is a decision I mostly regret! However, following the Super Boro has… Read More

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English

Biggleswade, United Kingdom

Parker’s Piece: The Sculpture

Today’s the day! 170 years after a group of university students pinned a set of rules for football to the trees surrounding Parker’s Piece in Cambridge, this seismic moment will finally be celebrated with our sculpture, unveiled at the very place where most of the rules of… Read More

Gavin Head

I think it is the lifelong friends that I have made from playing and coaching football. They are special people with a unique bond sharing the same memories that give you a little tingle when recalled upon reunion. Of course… Read More

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English

Cambridge, England

A Special Unveiling Poem by Carol Ann Wood: Cambridge Rules Okay

The beautiful game brings us passion and joy, To many an adult, or small girl and boy. It brings friends together, and sometimes brings tears When you follow your team through the trophy-less years. But mostly there’s passion and striving… Read More

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English

Cambridge, UK

Launch day timetable

The Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture will be unveiled at Parker’s Piece at noon on Saturday May 12th. There’s a whole host of exciting events going on throughout the afternoon, so take a look at the running times – but also make sure you pick up a commemorative… Read More

Complexo da Penha, Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Just one day to go now until the Cambridge Rules sculpture is unveiled! Each day this week, we have been counting down to the launch by highlighting the story behind the location of one of the stones. Cut into nine pieces, five travel around the world in cultural exchange and… Read More

The Bomu Stadium, Mombasa, Kenya

Each day this week, we have been counting down to the launch of the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Saturday by highlighting the story behind the location of one of the stones. Cut into nine pieces, five travel around the world in cultural exchange and four remain… Read More

Al Abageyah Youth Centre, Under Al Abageyah Bridge, Cairo, Egypt

Each day this week, we will be counting down to the launch of the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Saturday by highlighting the story behind the location of one of the stones. Cut into nine pieces, five travel around the world in cultural exchange and four remain… Read More

Karunalaya Social Center, Chennai, India

Each day this week, we will be counting down to the launch of the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Saturday by highlighting the story behind the location of one of the stones. Cut into nine pieces, five travel around the world in cultural exchange and four remain… Read More