The world’s oldest soccer rules book fetches $1.4 million

Rules are important for all games if they have to be played in the right spirit. As incidents occur, rules are altered to accommodate and resolve the issue at hand. And thus, the one set of rules that started it all becomes old and priceless as time goes by. Sotheby’s London put under the hammer a document said to be the world’s oldest soccer rules book. The “handwritten pamphlet from 1857” was presented from the archive of Sheffield FC, which is the oldest soccer club in the world.

The 154-year old document fetched $1.42 million in the auction, the funds of which will benefit the club that “plays seven tiers below the Premier League.” The document contains rules for additions in the game, including corner kick, crossbar, and indirect free kick.

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