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

Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Traning Complex, Shanghai, China

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

Cambridge Rules Unveiling 12 May 12 noon

We’re delighted to announce that our eagerly awaited sculptural piece marking the birthplace of football as we know it today will be unveiled at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge on Saturday 12th May at noon – and we’d love you to come and see it. There will also… Read More

From Russia – and Parker’s Piece – with footballing love

The whole point of our Cambridge Rules 1848 project for Cambridge City Council is that even though part of the commission is a public artwork, it won’t just be a static marker of where the rules of football as we know them today were first played in Parker’s… Read More

Cambridge Rules Podcast #3: Parker’s Piece, Quinton Fortune and a favela in Rio

Welcome to the latest Cambridge Rules 1848 podcast! For this edition, we went to a five-a-side football centre in Manchester to meet Drika and her friends from a favela in Brazil, who won the chance to come and play football in the United Kingdom – with Quinton… Read More

Cambridge Rules 1848 teams up with Street Child United

Cambridge Rules 1848 is delighted to announce that it is now working with charity Street Child United, founded in Cambridge, with the aim of making the public art commission from Cambridge City Council a truly global artwork. Street Child United uses the power of sport to change… Read More

Cambridge Rules sculpture begins to take shape

You might remember last month we documented our trip to Portugal to watch the granite that will form the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Parker’s Piece being extracted and cut. Well, as you can see from these images, the artwork is now really starting to take on the… Read More

Cumprimentos De Portugal, Dia 3

With the stone cut for the sculpture – it will now slowly make its way back to the UK when we’ll begin etching the original Cambridge Rules in many languages – our final day in Portugal gave us the opportunity to look more closely at what football… Read More

Cumprimentos de Portugal, dia 2

Hope you enjoyed our Twitter-based tales of our first day in Portugal getting acquainted with the stone which will become the granite sculpture in Parker’s Piece. Day 2 in Portugal started off with media commitments! After appearing in Cambridge News and BBC Online, Neville spoke to Dotty… Read More

Saudações de Portugal

As you may have already seen, now that planning permission has been granted for the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Parker’s Piece, we can get on with the business of actually making it. And the first step, obviously, is to get the stone. Alan and Neville are… Read More

Final designs for Parker’s Piece sculpture revealed

Late last year we were delighted to get planning permission for the exciting new sculpture commissioned by Cambridge City Council, marking the place at which the rules of football as we know them today were first played: Parker’s Piece, Cambridge. So here are the final designs for… Read More