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Shrovetide Football

An Ancient Game


Now this is a soccer match - the world's oldest, largest and most unusual. Played by an entire town since at least the 12th century and maybe even longer. They even have their own anthem.


Some of the rules:  ... must have had a drunk ref or monk make them up :)


There are very few other rules in existence.

The main ones are: - Committing murder or manslaughter is prohibited.

Unnecessary violence is frowned upon. -

The ball may not be carried in a motorised vehicle. -

The ball may not be hidden in a bag, coat or rucksack etc. -

Cemeteries, churchyards and the town memorial gardens are strictly out of bounds. - Playing after 10 pm is forbidden.

Oh ... and if you score a goal you get to keep the ball and have all the ale you want!


MSNBC Video of the match


Article about the match