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MissVelvetDress_75 10-13-2005 07:22 PM

Alright, football (non-American football) lovers, ask a lady...
 
[q]Women know more than men about soccer
Reuters Wednesday October 12, 06:57 AM

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Women know more than men about soccer


LONDON (Reuters) - If you don't understand soccer's offside rule, don't ask a man -- find a woman.

Women are top of the table when it comes to knowledge about the beautiful game, relegating their menfolk to second spot, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Research found that 59 percent of women could correctly identify the offside law -- one of the game's hardest to comprehend -- as opposed to just 55 percent of men.

Also 65 percent of women correctly used the title assistant referee, while 40 percent of men wrongly referred to the official as a "linesman".

"I've never understood the big fuss surrounding whether girls know what they're talking about when it comes to football because it was my mum who taught me the offside rule when I was a kid," said Sky Sports presenter Helen Chamberlain.

However when it came to team strip, the men were way ahead. More than 80 percent of men could correctly identify the kits of the 20 Premiership teams compared to just 33 percent of women, the survey of 2,000 customers of sports bar Walkabout found. [/q]

Mud in the Sand 10-14-2005 03:21 AM

I have a question: Why is soccer, as boring as it is, so popular around the world? I imagine it is because many countries have limited choices in sports. Am I correct?

Oh, one more: Why is soccer popular in grade schools and high schools in the United States? Is it because its the one sport where there can be at least 3 non athletes on the field who won't screw up the good players on that team from winning? In the crazy world of parents forcing their kids to athletics, is soccer the perfect answer for the all around non-athlete?

yertle-the-turtle 10-14-2005 07:44 AM

Hey Iris, explain the offside rule. :wink:

Sweet Tart 10-14-2005 08:09 AM

that's quite interesting.....but i can recognize all 20 prem teams kits as well as understand the offside rule. :yes:

MissVelvetDress_75 10-14-2005 09:06 AM

Sweet Tart you are the WOMAN! :wink:

U2@NYC 10-14-2005 09:23 AM

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Originally posted by Mud in the Sand
I have a question: Why is soccer, as boring as it is, so popular around the world? I imagine it is because many countries have limited choices in sports. Am I correct?

Oh, one more: Why is soccer popular in grade schools and high schools in the United States? Is it because its the one sport where there can be at least 3 non athletes on the field who won't screw up the good players on that team from winning? In the crazy world of parents forcing their kids to athletics, is soccer the perfect answer for the all around non-athlete?

No, you are completely wrong. Limited choices in sports? :huh:

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world because it is easy to play when you are kid. Basically, all you need is two players and a ball and you can play the sport. No need for bats, racquets, helmets, rims, pucks, sticks, etc. etc. And if you call soccer boring, you have not sat down through a baseball game, probably the slowest, longest, and most boring sport ever... (and I still have to admit that I watch baseball games... :shrug: ).

I think the perfect answer for the all-around non-athlete is baseball... just look at the average weight of a baseball player and compare it to a soccer player...

U2@NYC 10-14-2005 09:25 AM

Re: Alright, football (non-American football) lovers, ask a lady...
 
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Originally posted by MissVelvetDress_75
Also 65 percent of women correctly used the title assistant referee, while 40 percent of men wrongly referred to the official as a "linesman".

And knowing the difference in names is incredibly relevant to understand a soccer game... :tsk:

Hewson 10-14-2005 10:27 AM

Whats to understand, kick the ball into your opponent's net more than they kick it into yours, and don't use your hands.:wink:

Headache in a Suitcase 10-14-2005 11:58 AM

but if you dare run past the defense, the ref stops you and gives the ball to the other team.

yea... excitement abounds.

speedracer 10-14-2005 12:36 PM

The term "non-American" football, as used in the title of this thread, is kind of vague. After all, there is association football ("soccer"), rugby football, Australian rules football, and Gaelic football.

U2@NYC 10-14-2005 03:51 PM

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Originally posted by Headache in a Suitcase
but if you dare run past the defense, the ref stops you and gives the ball to the other team.

yea... excitement abounds.

Just like American football, where you have to go to commercials every 10 seconds.

Or baseball, when one person runs every 10 minutes.

So much more fun.

foray 10-14-2005 05:16 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Mud in the Sand
I have a question: Why is soccer, as boring as it is, so popular around the world? I imagine it is because many countries have limited choices in sports. Am I correct?

Oh, one more: Why is soccer popular in grade schools and high schools in the United States? Is it because its the one sport where there can be at least 3 non athletes on the field who won't screw up the good players on that team from winning? In the crazy world of parents forcing their kids to athletics, is soccer the perfect answer for the all around non-athlete?

I think parents should push their kids into Tai Qi.

foray

Windmilllane 10-14-2005 06:07 PM

I love those one-word names for socce players: Pele, Maradonna, Bono, Larry, Edge, Adam

:wink:

MissVelvetDress_75 10-14-2005 07:34 PM

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Originally posted by speedracer
The term "non-American" football, as used in the title of this thread, is kind of vague. After all, there is association football ("soccer"), rugby football, Australian rules football, and Gaelic football.
You are correct, I apologize for the confusion.

blueeyedgirl 10-15-2005 01:10 AM

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Originally posted by U2@NYC


Just like American football, where you have to go to commercials every 10 seconds.

Or baseball, when one person runs every 10 minutes.

So much more fun.

:up:

I have tried to watch gridiron on the telly (here in Oz they show the Superbowl) but it would have to be the most boring thing after watching grass grow. 2 seconds of action, then a long break while 40 men stand on the sideline, then another 2 seconds of action and repeat ad infinitum.

And why do you need a thousand players to play one game? We've got a couple of Aussie Rules players gone to the US where they earn squillions just be kicking the ball ONCE in a game.

I'd rather watch paint dry. :tsk:


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