The Scottish FA is pleased to congratulate The Hampden Collection on the official demarcation and opening of the world’s biggest open-air football museum – Football’s Square Mile.


Football’s Square Mile Alliance was formed to recognise, preserve and promote some of the earliest and most significant origins of association football in Scotland.

One small corner of Glasgow contains 21 different football heritage sites, which collectively represent the point of origin for the modern passing, running and combination game that is now enjoyed by more than 3.5 billion people around the world.

The project has gone from strength to strength in recent months thanks to the dedicated work of The Hampden Collection, their fellow Football’s Square Mile Alliance partners and supporters from across the globe.

As we celebrate the Scottish FA’s second Week of Football, Graeme Brown, founder of The Hampden Collection, explained: “Today marks the culmination of an incredible journey that began back in 2017 with the discovery of the first Hampden Park.

“One that now sees us recognise, and celebrate, 21 sites across the southside of Glasgow that represent the origins of modern football.

 “The story continues as we look forward to further championing the case for the award of UNESCO World Heritage Status for Football’s Square Mile.”

Andrew Niven, Scottish FA Head of Special Projects, added: “It has been a tremendous privilege to work alongside The Hampden Collection during the last couple of years as the Scottish FA has marked a series of important Scottish football milestones.

“Indeed, as we approach the conclusion of the 150th anniversary season of the Scottish Cup, it is fitting that the Football’s Square Mile project begins its own journey to tell the story of Scottish football’s history for future generations.”

For further information on the Football’s Square Mile project – and The Hampden Collection – please visit the links below.