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The American Football club began in Oxford in 1991 but was a mixed-team with Oxford Brookes from 1995-2009. Following a rule change in 2010 that disallowed combined Uni teams, Oxford University re-founded the team as the Lancers. Now a Half-Blue sport, the Lancers have become a competitive and exciting team at the University. The club boasts 4 mens teams and 2 womens teams, all competing in BUCS competitions. The highlight of the year is the annual Varsity match with the two blues teams playing at Barnets "The Hive" Stadium. Image Credits: Basketball, Rugby, Swimming, and Cricket images: Gurinder Punn / Oxford University; Race Image: Matt Henderson; Netball Image: John Cairns / Oxford University; Sir Roger at the 2017 Vincent’s Award Evening;  An American football donated to OURFC by General Peter Dawkins

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What is considered to be the first American football game was played on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton, two college teams. The game was played between two teams of 25 players each and used a round ball that could not be picked up or carried. It could, however, be kicked or batted with the feet, hands, head or sides, with the ultimate goal being to advance it into the opponent's goal. Rutgers won the game 6 goals to 4. Collegiate play continued for several years in which matches were played using the rules of the host school. Representatives of Yale, Columbia, Princeton and Rutgers met on October 19, 1873 to create a standard set of rules for all schools to adhere to. Teams were set at 20 players each, and fields of 400 by 250 feet (122 m × 76 m) were specified. Harvard abstained from the conference, as they favored a rugby-style game that allowed running with the ball. After playing McGill University using both Canadian and American rules, the Harvard players preferred the Canadian style having only 11 men on the field, running the ball without having to be chased by an opponent, the forward pass, tackling, and using an oblong instead of a round ball.