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

Cambridge Rules 1848 legacy artist bookwork is published!

One hundred and sixty five years after a group of students from Cambridge University first nailed their rules of the game of football to a tree, Cambridge City Council agreed to undertake a public art commission to celebrate the ‘Cambridge Rules’ and acknowledge the important role that… Read More

Virtual Book Launch  |  Kick off: March 18, 7.30pm

Virtual Book Launch  |  Kick off: March 18, 7.30pm Tickets are free, please register through Eventbrite click here Just prior to the day Cambridge United play Forest Green Rovers in a crucial top-of-the table clash in League 2, join artists Alan Ward and Neville Gabie for a… Read More

The Cambridge Rules 1848 legacy book has printed!

Now that the final stone has been placed in Egypt, we have been able to go to print on the book of the project. It is a miniature version of the sculpture with a special sleeve. 800 pages of the project development and making, our global partner… Read More

The Egypt stone arrives and is installed at Maadi Olympic Centre Cairo!

Despite this year being a challenge for obvious reasons, and the location of our Egyptian stone having to change, we are delighted to finally be able to confirm the arrival and safe installation of our last global stone. It sits overlooking a football pitch and athletics track… Read More


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


  It’s one of the most legendary locations in sport, so Cambridge Rules 1848 is delighted that the first of five stones inscribed with the original rules of football that the project celebrates has been unveiled at The Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Young people… Read More

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