Children can create their own laws of football with a series of online activities over Easter.

Three video activities for families will show them how to create their own laws of the game, inspired by the very first Football Association Minute Book.

The handwritten Laws of The Game are contained in a Minute Book which dates to 1863. That book will go on display at the National Football Museum when it re-opens in late May.

Over Easter families are encouraged to consider: Where do football clubs come from? What are the laws? And finally, how do we treat each other?

After completing all three activities children will have the beginning of their very own Laws of the Game book.

The three videos (each 15 minutes long) will be aired on the museum’s YouTube channel at 11am on 5, 7, 9 April.

Monday 5 April - Where do clubs come from?

(suitable for ages 7-11).

Some of the greatest football teams have come from all sorts of unexpected places - schools, factories, pubs, some even from churches! Have a think about your local community and the unlikely places that could be home to the next top team! You’ll need A4 paper and colour pens/pencils for this activity.

Wednesday 7 April – What are the laws?

(suitable for age up to 14)

There were lots of discussions and arguments when the laws of football were written in 1863, which continue today. Does hearing about VAR make you yawn? What would happen to your team if the ref allowed handballs? In this fun, interactive quiz you can decide what is really important about the game we love.

Friday 9 April – How do we treat each other?

(suitable for age up to 14)

What do you think football could do better? Does everyone have an equal opportunity to enjoy the game? Be inspired by some of the amazing objects in the National Football Museum and channel your feelings into your own protest poster.

More details here.

As long as government restrictions allow, the museum hopes to reopen on 27 May 2021, with tickets on sale early April.

For updates on planned opening hours, tickets and safety measures please visit To receive prior notification of ticket sales, sign-up to the museum’s newsletter.

The museum has a new and improved access offer with both a BSL video guide and visual story helping visitors familiarise themselves before their visit.




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