Blood Bowl Soccer
Deep in the annuls of Blood Bowl history there is a small recording of a team
known simply as the Albion Wanderers. In the days of chaos and confusion after
the collapse of the NAF, this team is rumoured to have given up Blood Bowl in
favour of a game where the ball is kicked instead of carried - football! In
fact if one travels across the Sea of Claws you will find an entire league
known as the Albion Football league or FA for short. A brief description of
the game was published in the SPIKE! Magazine.
...the game consists of the normal Blood Bowl field, but with two rectangular
frames at either end, to which the ball, now round, is kicked towards and
preferably through to score a point or goal. The player guarding these "goals"
assumes some higher status as players blocking this "goal keeper" are often
sent off by the referee. Having said that, there is no shortage of the rough
and tumble we have come to expect in the traditional form of the game. There
is little handling of the ball in fact it appeared that any player handling the
ball, whilst not penalized, was severely harassed by the crowds and blocks
against this player seemed all that much rougher...
It was back in 1995 when I was enjoying playing a Skaven team in a small Blood
Bowl league when the idea of Blood Bowl soccer came up. I drafted out some
rules converting the Blood Bowl rules to soccer rules. We played the game and
it seemed to work!
Available in pdf to
(680k) is the third edition of these rules.
The rules were first published on the
internet courtesy of the Blood Bowl Mailing List in 1995. Unfortunately the
original version has been lost. The 2nd revision of the game was thoroughly play
tested in the U.S. under the existing league rules. A special thanks should go
to the following players of the URI Gaming Club - Mark, Kevin, Mike, Pete, and
Chris who play tested the game and whose questions and suggestions culminated
in the third revision.
In 1996 I submitted the rules to the Games Workshop's Citadel
Journal for publication. Even though Games Workshop liked the idea they thought
the rules "too extreme" for publication. When I get the chance, I'll dig out
the letter they sent me and put it online.
It's now 10 years since the first rules were published! I've finally decided
to re-publish the rules. Inside you will find
photos of the Blood Bowl Soccer field, the various new templates and game-play examples.
There are no differences from the previous edition, other than one or two corrections and the ironing out of
a couple of inconsistencies. Since the last release, the 4th edition of the Blood Bowl
rules has been published. I have not played these new rules, but the soccer
modifications should be completely compatible with them - as always hints and suggestions
It's fast heading towards the 20th anniversary of the first rules release. I know that the official Games Workshop
rules have undergone various revisions since then and the soccer variant you find here is lagging. I've had requests to
update the rules to include the newer teams and whilst I'd love to do so, but sadly, I don't have the
time or inclination to pursue this project any longer. It was fun to play and I hope you enjoy playing it too. If, by some
chance, you decide to convert the missing teams or update the rules to reflect the changes in the newer official rules,
please let me know and I'll include them here with the appropriate acknowledgements.
Disclaimer: This Blood Bowl Soccer version is not sponsored, sanctioned or supported by Games Workshop Ltd, although it
has been looked at by GW (hence this disclaimer). For more information please visit the
Games Workshop legal pages.