1876 During the next seven years, rugby gained favor with the major eastern schools over soccer, and modern football began to develop from rugby. At the Massasoit convention, the first rules for American football were written. NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors. During the next seven years, rugby gained favor with the major eastern schools over soccer, and modern football began to develop from rugby.

The Rules.

The game used modified London Football Association rules.

NFL ultimate all-conference teams: Best pro lineups from Pac-12, non-Power 5. The Original Rules of College Football. 1876.

Oklahoma Sooners. The game used modified London Football Association rules.


293d Steve Etheridge. 1869 Rutgers and Princeton played a college soccer football game, the first ever, November 6. Bob Princeton has been given credit of establishing the first rudimentary rules of football around 1867. Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In anticipation of Super Bowl 50, we take an early look at the original rules of football, excerpted from Gary Belsky and Neil Fine’s On the Origins of Sports, which will be published April 19. History of NFL Rules. In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules.