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In London, the Football Association agrees the first uniform set of laws of the game

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12/08/1863
In October, a meeting of representatives of a number of suburban clubs playing football around London had met to iron out differences in the rules being used in contests between them.  No uniform set of rules had yet been laid down.  The Football Association was founded at the meeting and over the next six weeks a uniform set of rules were worked out at gatherings at Freeman's Tavern. The final version removed all use of the hands and deliberate kicking of players' legs and the first match under the new rules was played a few days later.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Matthew Taylor, The Association Game: A History of British Football (London: Pearson Education, 2008), 29-31. 

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