Mob football

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Mob football

Mob football is the name given to some varieties of Medieval football, which emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages. Mob football was a local tradition in some places, and was often an annual event. Typically there were an unlimited number of players and very few rules. By some accounts, in some such events any means could be used to move the ball towards the goal, as long as it did not lead to manslaughter or murder.[1]

Mob football is a forerunner of modern football such as rugby football, gridiron football and association football. However, the ancient style of football is still played in some parts of the United Kingdom, notably at Christmas and New Year in the Ba game at Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands,[2] and the Royal Shrovetide Football Match on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in Ashbourne in Derbyshire, England.[3]


  1. ^ "History of Football - Britain, the home of Football". FIFA. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Spooner, Andrew (22 January 2006). "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". The Independent. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "The history of Royal Ashbourne Shrovetide Football". BBC. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2013.