Where: Blairmore, Argyll, Scotland
£: Free for spectators. £150 for teams to take part.
What is it?
Feeling disappointed with the World Cup? Then fear not, there is an alternative!
Swamp Soccer is a fairly new quirky sport which has been played in Scotland since 2006. This year’s Swamp Soccer World Cup takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June at Blairmore Farm in Argyll, Scotland.
The game is, as the name suggests, is a rather muddy game of football. Unlike the usual game, the tournament is meant to be played in good humour and is a chance to dress up and have fun in the name of charity. In fact, this year there is a surprise prize for the best team in fancy dress.
For the Swamp Soccer tournament each team plays in a group of four with the winners and best losers progressing to the knock out phase. Teams are made up of six players (and unlimited substitutes), and games last for 24 minutes. The playing surface (the swamp) is similar in size to a five-a-side pitch.
The tournament is open to anyone over the age of 17 who wants to take part, although teams need to register in advance via the website. For those who thinks the Swamp Soccer World Cup looks like fun, footwear can easily come off and get lost in the mud, so don’t forget to tape your footwear onto your legs!
In addition to the game there will be a campsite, live music and DJs, hot showers, toilets and free car parking available. For refreshments there is a licensed bar and a restaurant in a large marquee.
More info: www.swampsoccer.co.uk