We have looked at the exercise and workout aspect of soccer and basketball, to help our kids keep more active, but which of these sports is the hardest to play? Well, we discovered some interesting results.
Physical activity, of any kind, requires energy. Some forms such as sports and games require an optimum well-maintained body and soft skills. Skills are the major factor of sports; they are difficult to grasp and perform. Depending upon the skills a sporting event or any game requires, its difficulty can be judged. Many games or sports are very technical such as Archery or javelin throw.
A sportsman’s independent choice in terms of free movement and decisions does not get enough independence. Whereas games like cricket, soccer, and basketball, give you considerable freedom of movement, the course the game would take and decision-making. However, these games require mastery of skills. These are very technical. The perfection of these skills determines your performance in the game.
Having said that, let’s look into the technical aspects of two games Soccer and Basketball. Although these two games include the usage of a game ball, yet they are two different spheres consisting of separate rules, regulations, the conduct of play, and different audiences.
What makes Soccer a difficult game?
There are so many factors that make soccer one of the most difficult games in the world. It may not be possible to discuss all of them in this article. But some important points are:
1. Method of play:
a. A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting when the game is at pause:
• At the beginning of the match
• After a goal has been scored by either of the teams
• At the start of the second half of the match
• At the start of each period of extra time.
The official rules of soccer give privilege to either of the teams to score a goal directly from the kick-off.
If the player of either of the teams, while taking the kick-off, touches the ball again before it has touched another player:
• An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team to be taken from the position of the ball where the previous player has touched the ball.
In the event of any other breach of the kick-off procedure:
• The kick-off procedure is again reconsidered and began from the beginning.
b. A dropped ball is another way of restarting play. Although the ball is still in play, yet the referee is required to stop the game temporarily for any reason which he feels right.
The ball is dropped again:
• If it is touched by a player before it contacts the ground
• If the ball leaves the field of play after it makes contact with the ground, without a player touching it
If the ball enters the goal:
• If a dropped ball is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal kick is awarded
• If a dropped ball is kicked directly into the team’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team.
c. A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following seven offenses which violates the decorum of the game following the international standardized rules in a manner as considered by the referee to be an intentional attempt either mistakenly, carelessly or by sheer force:
• When he kicks or attempts to kick an opponent in his delicate parts or any part of the body
• When he trips or attempts to trip an opponent to hurt him
• When he jumps at an opponent and grabs him by his neck
• When he strikes or attempts to strike the opponent
• When he intentionally pushes an opponent while the game is in play especially when the opponent is about to score a goal
• When he tackles an opponent aggressively.
A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following three offenses:
• hits the opponent with his elbow
• spits at the garments of the opponent
• touches the ball deliberately within his penalty box area
• He holds the hand of the opponent and prevents his movement or pulls him.
• Pushing an opponent when he is giving head.
d. A direct free kick is taken from the place where the offense occurred.
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his penalty area, commits any of the following four offenses:
• controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing it from his possession
• touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his possession and before it has touched another player
• Touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate
• touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a teammate.
An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if, in the opinion of the referee, a player:
• plays dangerously
• impedes the progress of an opponent
• prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands
• commits any other offense, not previously mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped to caution or send off a player.
a. Controlling the ball.
Sprinting along with the ball is the most difficult thing in soccer. Even professionals commit mistakes. It is the basic skill you need to learn before you play a match. The art of dribbling the ball by outmaneuvering the opponents and advance without losing it till the opponent’s goalpost is the hardest thing to master. This is even tougher than dribbling in basketball.
A goalkeeper is a survivor in a match. If the defenders commit a mistake due to which there is a breach of defense, the opponents get the opportunity to score a goal. But the presence of a goalkeeper prevents that. Goalkeeping is one of the crucial positions in the game of soccer. Fit one, has extreme flexibility, good eyesight, strength, and brave, can become a goalkeeper. Although goalkeeper can use his hands, the velocity of a ball shot by a forward player shouldn’t be underestimated. Many times, a simple ball shot with great force is known to break the arms of the goalkeeper. Therefore, the goalkeeper needs to have a lot of endurance and strength. An opponent won’t shoot into the hands of the goalkeeper, he will shoot in all possible directions. The goalkeeper has to be clever and be prepared to jump in all directions.
c. Shooting and passing.
Passing is the technique of shooting the ball to one of your teammates. Its various types are long pass, short pass, and head pass. Passing helps avoid losing the ball to the opponent. When guarded by two or three opponent players, it becomes difficult to dribble as well as pass.
Besides, football requires a lot of stamina. A football field is 90-140 meters long. Hence, a player has to run the length as many times as required. It estimated that a soccer player sweats enough to fill two buckets. Therefore, soccer is much harder than basketball.