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Bourton-on-the-Water is the setting and football is the game but it's football with a twist. None of this eleven a side business with 45 minutes in each direction played on a pretty pitch of green. This is six a side with 15 minutes in each direction played knee deep in a river.

Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water

The Windrush River, a 3 metre wide babbling brook, is the water in 'Bourton-on-the-Water' and is also home to one of the Cotswold's more bizarre festivals.

River Windrush flowing through the Cotswolds village of Bourton-on-the-Water

The tradition of Football in the River has been around for over seventy years with the modern event attracting a number of local sides and hundreds of spectators to boot.

The villagers of Bourton-on-the-Water have played football in the River Windrush every summer for 70 years. Goal posts are set up under the bridges and players brave the cold knee-deep water wearing nothing but bright coloured football shorts or fancy dress. Hundreds of spectators line the river banks and cheer for their team in a splashy, noisy affair that spills out onto a cheery fête on the village green.


See Video of the Football game on 27 August 2007
The two teams are from Bourton Rovers Football Club

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