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


Given that the earliest recorded form of a game where a ball had to be kicked into a net is not in England at all, but 3rd Century BC China, it’s apt that one of the stones has gone to Shanghai. Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club in… Read More

Jan Voljoen

Merman Northern Cape, South Africa. The temperature today was 38 degrees, so no one wanted to play.

merriman, south africa


West Didsbury and Chorlton FC One of the hipsterist clubs I've ever been to. It's all done in the best possible ironic taste! They sing 'Hummus, hummus hummus… quinoa, quinoa, quinoa' to the tune of 2 Unlimited’s 'No Limit' rather… Read More

Manchester, United Kingdom

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Alan Ward

This is an abstract painting of pitch markings by Belgium artist Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012). He had a fascination for the football pitch that he could see from his studio window and painted many abstractions of pitch markings exploring the… Read More

Ghent, Belgium


Every day I walk to work past this sign, with all the supporters stickers on it. It often changes after matches. My local team West Didsbury and Chorlton FC is represented but is being covered by other stickers, it is… Read More

Manchester, UK



Wroclaw, Poland

nathan flag

away at Oxford United -

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Hi my name is Erlis, I'm a tour guide for cycling holidays in Albania. Recently Alan, one of the Cambridge Rules artists, was on one of my tours and he told me about the Cambridge Rules. We watched Albania play… Read More



Shkodër, Albania