The Cambridge University Australian Rules Football Club (CUARFC) is the home of men’s and women’s Australian rules football in Cambridge.
The club itself is over 100 years old but the connection between Cambridge University and Australian rules football dates back even further to the 1850s when Tom Wills, one of the inventors of the sport, was a student at the University. During this time the various forms of football had not yet been codified and instead students attending the university played football according to the rules developed at the public schools around England. It was this experience that would result in Tom Wills developing a set of compromise rules that we know today as Australian rules football. If it was not for these early experiences at the University of Cambridge then the sport might never have come into existence. So while Australian rules football might have been born in Australia, it was conceived at the University of Cambridge.