Sheffield Football ClubThe Original Rules and Innovations
Sheffield FC’s contribution to the modern game cannot be overstated. It is the first and oldest football club that sought to bring order from chaos. The original rules for the world’s most popular sport were written by 'The Club' at the height of the industrial revolution. The City of Sheffield’s backdrop was that of forges, smoke and molten steel.
Established on October 24th 1857 in the industrial north of England, ‘The Club’ Sheffield FC is the birth place of the most popular game in the world.
Not only are SFC recognised by the English FA as the oldest football club in the world, they are also one of only two clubs to be honoured, along with Real Madrid, by FIFA with an Order of Merit Award. Both clubs received this recognition as part of FIFA’s Centennial Celebrations in Paris 2004.
‘Sheffield FC is a symbol of the role of football as a common
denominator in the community and society.’