Medieval football is a modern term sometimes used for a wide variety of localised football games which were invented and played in Europe of the Middle Ages. By comparison with later forms of football, the medieval matches were chaotic and had few rules.
***The earliest account of ball games being played in Europe (after the Roman occupation) comes from the 9th-century Historia Brittonum, attributed to Nennius. The text, composed in what is now northern Wales, mentions a group of boys “playing at ball” (pilae ludus).
image: Ashbourne mob football (x)

Medieval football is a modern term sometimes used for a wide variety of localised football games which were invented and played in Europe of the Middle Ages. By comparison with later forms of football, the medieval matches were chaotic and had few rules.

***The earliest account of ball games being played in Europe (after the Roman occupation) comes from the 9th-century Historia Brittonum, attributed to Nennius. The text, composed in what is now northern Wales, mentions a group of boys “playing at ball” (pilae ludus).

image: Ashbourne mob football (x)