ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL OR SOCCER





A game similar to Rugby football except that it more closely resembles

what its name implies and kicking predominates. A round,

leather-covered ball is used and the game is considered to be much

safer than our college football. Efforts consequently have been made

to introduce the game into American colleges because of its less

dangerous character. As there is practically no tackling or falling,

the "soccer" uniform does not require the same amount of padding as a

Rugby player's uniform. The game is ordinarily played in running

trousers with a full sleeved shirt and special shoes with leather pegs

or cleats. The stockings are rolled down just below the knee. The

association football goal net into which the ball is kicked is

fastened to the ground and is made of tarred rope. Thus far, the game

has not been very popular in America, although a number of exhibition

match games have recently been played by visiting English teams which

attracted considerable attention. As a game, soccer is fast and

exciting, and splendid opportunities are given for team work; but for

some reason it has not succeeded in displacing our American game of

Rugby, although possibly it is more interesting for the spectator.





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