Football rulebook goes on display

A rule book credited with helping shape the national sport of football goes on display at the British Library today.

The 1863 FA Minute Book charts the regulations for "the beautiful game", including the size of the pitch, how the game should start, what happens when the ball goes out of play and the rules on handling the ball.

The 1863 FA Minute Book

Roy Hodgson, manager of the England men's side, will join Football Association chairman Greg Dyke to present the vintage exhibit to the British Library as part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations.

The exhibition runs from today until the 17 December.