1840s in association football

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The following are the association football events of decades 1840s around the world.


  • 1848 – A committee at Cambridge University attempts to create a universal set of rules for football. (This code later become known as The Cambridge Rules and greatly influenced association football when it was codified in 1863.)
  • 1849 – In Cheltenham, the first use of three official referees in a match, two in field and one in tribune.