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First I would like to admit I like watching games on TV. I've been to a couple international friendly games in Massachusetts, Montreal, a couple MLS games for NYC and a few NY Cosmos Games. I love watching my boys play and seeing them have a good time (winning or losing) and learning about teamwork and working with others It brings me joy.

However, I have never considered soccer a "real sport". It is a beautiful game. But just a game only. It does not come close to the rigors of a real sport such as wrestling, boxing, track & Field to name a few.

There are 3 main criteria that must be considered in order to classify an activity as a sport.

1) There must be a direct conflict between 2 opponents.
2) If it involves a ball, its a game (every argument has at least one exception, the exception goes to singles tennis). Just about every game played involves a ball. In boxing, wrestling, tennis, track and field no one has ever asked "what time is the game" its always referred to as a "match". Foot Ball, Basket Ball & Soccer is always referred to as a "game".
3) The rules in a real sport cannot be discretionary in any way. How many soccer games have we attended where the referee from one game to the next constantly fouls up the rules on pushing, tackling, fouls etc? Referees take it upon themselves to make up the rules as they go along. In Track or swimming, there is no discretion on the rules. You make it to the finish line first....you win.

Sorry for offending anyone....you will get over it....or not.
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Get over what?
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huh? this is ridiculous. Look up the definition of a "sport" in the dictionary.

a better debate is whether golf is a game or sport. or perhaps pool or bowling.
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huh? this is ridiculous. Look up the definition of a "sport" in the dictionary.

a better debate is whether golf is a game or sport. or perhaps pool or bowling.

Agreed. this individual has too much free time on their hands.
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huh? this is ridiculous. Look up the definition of a "sport" in the dictionary.

a better debate is whether golf is a game or sport. or perhaps pool or bowling.

The rules in bowling and golf are not discretionary they are "set in stone". rules in soccer are discretionary and up to each referee to interpret them (from game to game). similar to kids playing a game in the back yard.

The dictionary is written by an English major geek possibly with no athletic experience.
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First I would like to admit I like watching games on TV. I've been to a couple international friendly games in Massachusetts, Montreal, a couple MLS games for NYC and a few NY Cosmos Games. I love watching my boys play and seeing them have a good time (winning or losing) and learning about teamwork and working with others It brings me joy.

However, I have never considered soccer a "real sport". It is a beautiful game. But just a game only. It does not come close to the rigors of a real sport such as wrestling, boxing, track & Field to name a few.

There are 3 main criteria that must be considered in order to classify an activity as a sport.

1) There must be a direct conflict between 2 opponents.
2) If it involves a ball, its a game (every argument has at least one exception, the exception goes to singles tennis). Just about every game played involves a ball. In boxing, wrestling, tennis, track and field no one has ever asked "what time is the game" its always referred to as a "match". Foot Ball, Basket Ball & Soccer is always referred to as a "game".
3) The rules in a real sport cannot be discretionary in any way. How many soccer games have we attended where the referee from one game to the next constantly fouls up the rules on pushing, tackling, fouls etc? Referees take it upon themselves to make up the rules as they go along. In Track or swimming, there is no discretion on the rules. You make it to the finish line first....you win.

Sorry for offending anyone....you will get over it....or not.
So you are saying, Football, baseball, basketball, rugby, any team SPORT isn't a sport its a game? hahahahah, you're funny
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So you are saying, Football, baseball, basketball, rugby, any team SPORT isn't a sport its a game? hahahahah, you're funny


Correct based on the 3 criteria above....Singles Tennis I think is the only exception I can think of.
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Soccer is a Gort.
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The rules in bowling and golf are not discretionary they are "set in stone". rules in soccer are discretionary and up to each referee to interpret them (from game to game). similar to kids playing a game in the back yard.

The dictionary is written by an English major geek possibly with no athletic experience.
nice try. it ain't in the same category as duck duck goose or dodgeball.
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nice try. it ain't in the same category as duck duck goose or dodgeball.

Based on the above criteria would you put soccer in the same category with Boxing?

Dodge Ball is a great game which has its own Pro league and world cup as well but obviously not nearly as popular as soccer is considered the "Worlds Game".
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