Did you know the oldest football club in activity is an England Team. I think it you know! But what is the oldest team? First, we need think about this question. If this question is about the time it was first created, we can´t answer because while the first clubs emerged in Britain, possibly, as early as the fifteenth century, these are poorly-documented and defunct.
For example, the records of the Brewers’ Company of London between 1421 and 1423 mention the hiring out of their hall “by the “football players” for “20 pence”, under the heading “Trades and Fraternities”. The listing of football players as a “fraternity” or a group of players meeting socially under this identity is the earliest allusion to what might be considered a football club. Other early sporting bodies dedicated to playing football include “The Gymnastic Society” of London which met regularly during the second half of the eighteenth century to pursue two sports: football and wrestling the club played its matches – for example between London-based natives of Cumberland and Westmorland – at the Kennington Common from well before 1789 until about 1800.
Cambridge University Association Football Club has been described by the university as the oldest club now playing association football. If the University of Cambridge’s proclamation that its team was formed in 1856 is accurate, Cambridge University AFC would be oldest football club in the world. However, as the club’s year of foundation is disputed by other organisations, it would be an injustice to claim it should top this list when others entries have significant evidence to back up their true age. Cambridge University AFC, which currently participates in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Premier South division, plays its home matches at either Grange Road Stadium or Fenners’ Pitches at the university.
But, ask if this team, still in activity, then a correct answer: Sheffield F.C., is the world’s oldest independent football club – that is, the oldest club not associated with an institution such as a school, hospital or university. It was founded in 1857. Sheffield F.C. initially played Sheffield rules, a code of its own devising, although the club’s rules influenced those of the England Football Association (FA (1863) including handball, free kicks, corners and throw ins. While the international governing body of association football, FIFA and the FA recognise Sheffield F.C. as the “world’s oldest football club”, and the club joined the FA in 1863, it continued to use the Sheffield rules. Sheffield F.C. did not officially adopt association football until 1877.
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