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You know when it comes right down to it, Soccer is best described by this famous quote: "Soccer is a game in which a handful of men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise".
It certainly is a funny old game, as we shall see.
So let's get the ball rolling with a fantastic compilation video from YouTube:
Soccer is a fairly skilled sport by all accounts, and I suppose you've either got it, or you don't.
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and this guy is certainly flat out defending his goals:
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Soccer certainly started out with some very humble and painful beginnings:
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And even in these modern times, there still seems to be some excruciatingly painful moments for some of its biggest fans:
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Here is another great soccer video showing some marvelous referee work, followed by some classic soccer bloopers:
One of the hardest gigs in soccer, apart from being a Goalie, would have to be the referee's job. So why on earth would anyone want to become a referee?
Reasons to Become a Referee
- You love football, but can't quite understand the rules.
- You have the strange desire to run aimlessly around in the wind, rain and snow.
- You love the sound of verbal abuse.
- You find it hard to make decisions, and whatever you do is always wrong.
And so many people are so unhappy with the referee's decisions. They are also not afraid to emphatically show their disdain, no matter what their age:
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Hmmm... looks like they need Tarzan of the Jungle to referee this bizarre soccer match:
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So let's just have one last joke about referees:
Q. Did you hear about the England international player who had a date with a referee's daughter?
A. She penalised him three times - for handling, for interference, and for trying to pull off a jersey.
And for our next video, let's have a look at how players can sometimes get themselves into very awkward positions:
Finally there is one last thing we need to examine for a complete picture of the sport of soccer: The Offside Rule:
The Offside Rule Explained
The offside rule is there to attract to football those people who can already explain how to play cricket.
A player is offside if they are nearer to the opponent's goal line than both the ball and the second last player - except on alternate Saturdays when in addition the second last player must be facing in the opposite goals direction in which the ball is directed.
A player is not offside if they are in their own half of the field, or they are level with the second last opponent, or the player, opponent and referee form a triangle as perceived by an imaginary linesmen positioned on the Celestial Meridian.
All offside regulations are immediately found to be in favour of the defending team if shortly after the ball is played they all stop, in unison, and raise their right arm to the linesman and appeal for an offside decision.
It is great to be back from our awesome holiday to the USA.
We will put up some holiday pictures in a future post.
Big Passy Wasabi