History and Evolution of Football

Purpose of the seminar

This seminar details how a rural English pastime became three of the world's most popular sports: association football, rugby union and rugby league.


  • Practical classroom session led by Museum educator
  • Self-directed tour of the World Rugby Museum galleries
  • Behind-the-scenes directed tour of Twickenham Stadium

Learning outcomes

  • Insight into the earliest history of ball games in Britain
  • Specialist understanding of the development and codification of association football, rugby union and rugby league
  • How these sports spread globally and developed into local football games, such as Australian Rules Football and American Football
  • Analysis of modern day cultural impact of football


No equipment is required for this seminar