World's Craziest Soccer Game: 2 Teams, Hundreds of Players, No Ref, This Is Shrovetide Football

by
Zohaib Ahmed
They say the sport that the Europeans call football is for weaklings and pansies, but the way the people of one English county play it, not even the fittest and strongest stars of the NFL would survive it.

They say the sport that the Europeans call football is for weaklings and pansies, but the way the people of one English county play it, not even the fittest and strongest stars of the NFL would survive it.

The story is of the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne, where hundreds of people annually compete in a no holds barred contest they call the Shrovetide soccer game.

Branded the World's 'maddest' soccer match, the event is nothing but a soccer ball thrown among two teams with hundreds on each side. There are no formations, no rules, no uniforms, no referees, and above all, no civility. The goals are placed three miles apart to facilitate the great crowd that participates.

Entry is simple too. Get inside the mob and try to kick – it doesn't even have to be the ball.

The game, which should more appropriately be called a battle, gets so wild and frenzied at times that surrounding property cops some blows too. And for that, shops are boarded up ahead of the chaotic event, which has been played for more than three hundred years.

"It's a great tradition, isn't it?" said a bystander. "Something we've got to keep going, the whole town comes together, yeah it's good."

Check out this craziest form of sport in the video posted above and let us know if you have the cojones to participate in it.

 

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