Medieval Sports

A number of Medieval Football & Hurling games survive from the pre-codification of Football & Hurling in the 19th Century. These are mostly played in the Celtic or Etruscan Fringes of Britain, France & Italy.

St. Michael’s v St. Paul’s in Alnwick on Shrove Tuesday 2015 [Reference: 1]

Manx Cammag

Manx Cammag

Manx Cammag | North v South on St. Stephen’s Day

British Football

Cornish Hurling

Cornish Hurling Town v Country Shrove Tuesday at St. Columb 1950-2005

Cornish Hurling Town v Country Second Saturday After Shrove Tuesday 1950-2005

Derbyshire Shrovetide Football

Ashbourne Shrovetide Football (Derbyshire Medieval Football)

Orkney Ba’ Game

Kirkwall Ba’ Game (Orkney Medieval Football)

Cumbrian Uppies & Downies

Workington Uppies & Downies (Cumbrian Medieval Football)

Northumberland Shrove Tuesday Football

Alnwick Shrove Tuesday Football (Northumberland Medieval Football)

Medieval Football Teams

Medieval Football Teams

Jeux et Tradi Normandie

The Traditional Sports and Games of Normandy (North France) were first described in the 12th Century A.D. Choule is a Team Sport involving a curved stick and a leather ball.

FJSTNV Choule Crosse Normande (Seasons): 2019

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

A Medieval Football game, first organised in Renaissance Florence, Tuscany, Italy, that was first played by workers between breaks in work, and then organised matches beginning in 1530.

The earliest orgainsed Football matches anywhere in the world, as far as Eirball has discovered, although earlier reports in Ancient Europe, Greece, Rome, Italy and China mention similar games, though of what nature is hard to discern – they may just have been children’s catching games. [See articles on Medieval Football at: Medieval Celtic Sports for more information and references on this]

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

Calcio Storico Fiorentino Finals 1952-Present

Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Seasons): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Calcio Storico Fiorentino August Festival (Seasons): 2012Advertisements

Georgian Lelo

Georgian Lelo Federation

SLF Samegrelo Region Championship (seasons): 2016

Eton Fives

Eton Fives is a variation on the game of Handball, first played in Ireland, and the origins of Eton Fives go back to Medieval Peasants playing the gamea against the wall of the chapel at Eton College, where there is a handrail down one side. The first court was built in Eton in 1840, by the Headmaster, Dr. Hawtrey. In 1877 AC Ainger drew up the first rules of the game.

Eton Fives Association League (Overviews):

Eton Fives Association League Division 1 2010-2020


[1] BBC (2015) There are few rulesto the gameand teams do not wear matching strips [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 October 2015]