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A Brief History of Football
Feb 1st, 2019 by admin

The history of the world’s most popular sport spans more than 100 years. It all began in 1170 when a group of youth in England would go to the fields to play a “game of ball.” Aspects of the game can also be traced from a military manual dating back to the second century BC in China. The game was called Tsu’ Chu and it involved kicking a ball filled with hair and feathers. The object of the game was to get the ball into a small net while defending from attacks. According to one variation of the game, a player was not allowed to aim at his/her opponent. Additionally, the player had to use his/her feet, back, chest and shoulders to get the ball to the opponent’s net. The use of hands was not permitted. 

Another form of the game was the Japanese Kemari, which also originated from the Far East about 500-600 years later. Unlike Tsu’ Chu, the sport lacked competitiveness and struggle to possess the ball. With Japanese Kemari, players stood in a circle and passed the ball to each other without letting it touch the ground.

Variations of football have also been documented in the Greek, Egyptian and Roman society. In Rome, the game was played with a small ball and two teams on a rectangular field with a centre line and boundary lines. The object of the game was to get the ball to the opponent’s boundary lines.

The game continued to become popular among players. It also developed in many ways such as flexibility of rules and the number of players on the pitch.

How to Play Quidditch
Feb 1st, 2019 by admin

If you love Harry Potter then you will love to play the game Qudditch. Quidditch is a game that is played by two teams each made up of seven players. In this game, there are two Beaters, three Chasers, one Seeker and one Keeper.

In Quidditch, you have broomsticks that you must stay on throughout the course of the game. To play, you need four balls. There are two dodgeballs known as bludgers, a volleyball known as a quaffle and a small ball such as a tennis ball. The small ball is strapped to one player, this is known as the snitch.

How to Score Points

To score points in Quidditch, players have to get the volleyball (quaffle) through the hoops on the ends of the field. If you get the quaffle through a hoop, you score 10 points for your team. You can pass the quaffle to other players on your team to get it to the end of the field. Another way to score points is to catch the snitch that is attached to the player carrying it. You will score 30 points to your team if you catch the snitch.

How do Bludgers Work?

Bludgers are dodgeballs that are thrown at each other on the opposite team. If you are hit by a bludger, you must get of your broomstick and tag a hoop based at the end of the field before you can continue playing.

REF

In Quidditch there is a ref that must stay alert and call penalties when the players are not following the correct rules. For example if someone was not keeping their broomstick in the correct position.

Have fun playing!

Unique Sports from around the world
Feb 1st, 2019 by admin

People might look blankly at you when you mention floorball, but it’s massive compared to some of the niche, unique sporting events that take place around the world. All across the globe, there are any number of quirky events played by a handful of devotees.

 

 

You can’t get much more exclusive than the Eton Wall Game, played between pupils of Eton School, in which two teams to compete to shove a ball to opposing lengths of a wall. You don’t get much quirkier than a game where goals are scored on average once every ten years.

But, seeing as most of us are highly unlikely ever to go to Eton, you may want to try your hand at the world wife-carrying championships instead. Held  every year in Finland, the clue’s in the name: competitors carry their wives over an obstacle course, with the winner getting his wife’s weight in beer.

But seeing as there are now copycat events, possibly that’s just not obscure enough. If you want a truly unusual sport, try Afghanistan’s national sport, Buzkashi, in which two teams of men on horseback play what can only be described as a bloodier version of polo. Whilst the objective is pretty straightforward: get the ball in the goal, the ball itself is what makes this unusual, as it’s the carcass of a goat.

If you like your unusual sports a spot less carcass-y, then maybe bog snorkelling is for you. The World Championships, held every year in Llanwrtyd Wells, in Wales, people compete to finish the course, a trench cut through a peat bog using snorkel and flippers alone. There truly is a sport out there for everyone.

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