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1870 in association football

List of years in association football

The following are the association football events of the year 1870 throughout the world.


  • March 5
A representative match was played at the Kennington Oval, London which resulted in a 1 – 1 draw between England and Scotland. A second match between the two teams was held later on in the year on November 19 which resulted in a 2 – 1 victory to England. Despite the fact that this was recognised as an international match at the time, it is not considered a full international by FIFA because the majority of the Scotland team were London-based Scottish players.
  • Various Dates
The first "goalkeepers" and passage from "dribbling game" to "passing game" reported in matches from clubs in Sheffield and London, in particular Royal Engineers.

Clubs Founded


Abingdon Town
Rotherham County