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The Different sides of Football: Enjoying the facets of the Beautiful Game

September 08, 2015

- Grant Whittington

There is a saying which appraises football as the beautiful game, but is also diverse and layered with multiple variations. In this respect football has many sides, from 5-a-side to variants that are played indoors and even on the beach.

There are many more unusual variations of football, however, some of which are based on classic gaming patterns and others that have seen the sport integrated with alternative activities.

With this in mind, here are three of our favourite (and not to mention unique) football variants that exist in the modern age…

Zorb Football

Have you ever heard of zorbing? This is the extreme sport in which individuals are placed in a large, transparent ball, before being rolled down a slope or pushed along a specific track. This experience has evolved to include football in recent times, which kits players out in smaller zorbing balls that enable their legs to function as normal. It is fun to watch and even better to play, as you look to master the unique skills of football while also attempting to avoid clattering into others. At least you are guaranteed a cushioned landing if you collide with a fellow player!

Real-life Table Top Football

Once, a friend of mine signed up to compete in a charity football tournament, which was in essence a real-life interpretation of the classic table top version. Before the game, teams of five are required to line up in three rows, at which point each player is shackled to a horizontal pillar with a harness.

The game then begins as it would normally, with ball released into play until a result has been determined. While players can freely move their feet and jump, they cannot move the immediate space close to where they are tethered, making for a fun game where communication is crucial!

Volata

While not a great deal of positivity emerged from Italy’s fascist regime, the football variation of Volata may be an exception to this rule. Inspired by the legacy of the British, the term ‘Volata’ translates into sprinting in English and is aptly applied to a game that is essentially a hybrid of football and rugby. The mechanics essentially involve the ball being transferred either by hand or foot, while players must also cover a great deal of ground quickly if they are to succeed.

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