Soccer And Rain

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Soccer Ball Americans often have a low view of soccer players (though that is changing in recent years). They don’t think of the sport as physical as football or even basketball. However from my experience, soccer players are every bit as tough as their counterparts in other sports.

Case in point, for the past two weekends in L.A. it’s been rainy and cold (don’t laugh, cold for L.A.). Both weekends we had games scheduled on the most perfect pitch and a full squad showed up. However, there have been several times that we couldn’t get a full squad for my morning basketball game at the Y because it was raining, and we’re playing indoors!

Rain Back to the subject at hand, there’s nothing like playing a solid game of soccer (or Football for my European readers or futbol for my spanish speaking readers) with rain pouring down. The artifical turf (the kind with the rubber pellets) actually grips the ball pretty well compared to grass which sends the ball skidding like a runaway luge team. The only difficulty is that the ball itself gets a bit slick, creating many opportunities for “whiffing”.

On rainy days, it’s helpful to have hair. For instance, I sent a perfect cross to the center and my teammate planted his forehead firmly on the ball, only to have the ball slide off and away. He’s completely bald.

Unfortunately we lost due to an own goal on a corner kick which made the score 2 - 1. I hyper-extended my arm at the elbow, so I’m in a bit of pain today, but I think it’ll heal up nicely.

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8 responses

  1. Avatar for casey chesnut
    casey chesnut December 6th, 2004

    you've got to be kidding me! there is no way soccer players are as tough as (american) football players. just look at life expectancy

  2. Avatar for MikeScott8
    MikeScott8 December 6th, 2004

    I too love to play Football in the rain, and living in western NY I got to do it a lot during the fall school soccer season.

    Although now I just get to stand in the rain watching the Rhinos play, as I have moved past my playing days.

  3. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked December 6th, 2004

    Casey, Ok, perhaps "tough" is a poor word choice. I certainly wouldn't go toe to toe with a vikings linebacker. I think "hardier" might be a better choice.

    Your comment backs that up. And I was more commenting on the weekend warriors and american attitudes than on professional athletes. I think trying to say one sport is "tougher" than another is meaningless. But I will say, my rag tag band of soccer players (male and female ranging from their 20s to 60s) is a lot tougher than the so called "tough" guys I play basketball with.

    Did I say "tougher"? I meant hardier.

  4. Avatar for soccer baller
    soccer baller November 27th, 2006

    i would have to say that soccer is was "tougher" than football. there is just as much contact, but in soccer you dont have pads.

  5. Avatar for football qb
    football qb September 15th, 2007

    i play american football now and played soccer for three years and i got my ass rocked by the soccer players i was checked knocked down and acttuallty the ball was kicked so hard at me that it broke my rib
    when i play football i get hit but i get up and dont feel crap because im covered head to toe in pads
    so therefore me as a soccer and football player soccer is for men and football is for girls(soccer is tougher and the men are too compared to football)

  6. Avatar for ACM
    ACM November 18th, 2008

    I think that soccer players are tougher cos u footballers have pads we play soccer with boots, socks, shin pads, and the clothes on our backs.Has a football player ever had a 6 inch gash in his right thigh from playing football? I think not.

  7. Avatar for captain hard
    captain hard March 25th, 2009

    So far this year i have played all three home games in the rain and never have i played either football or baseball in this type of weather and yet we collide more and have more chance for injury in soccer. WHAT TYPE OF SENSE DOES THAT MAKE?

  8. Avatar for Kevin
    Kevin December 19th, 2010

    Soccer is for limp-wristed, quiche-eating, frilly dress wearing, lisping jessies. Give me a soccer player on the Rugby pitch and I'll turn him into a stain before his hairspray has set. Have a look at the Youtube if you want to see a forward going to work.