The world's oldest football rule book has been sold at auction in London for 881,250 pounds ($1.42 million).

The handwritten pamphlet from 1857 has been sold at Sotheby's auction house as part of an archive of Sheffield FC, the world's oldest football club.

Sheffield FC sold the 154-year-old document to raise money for the club, which plays seven tiers below the Premier League.

The rule book contains many innovations by Sheffield FC that are still part of the modern game, such as the corner kick, cross bar and indirect free kick.

Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims says ''there was huge international interest, reflecting the truly global appeal of both the game itself and its remarkable evolution.''