The FIFA World Cup in Brazil is raging now and some of us liking the ball game are fervently watching the drama unfolding. If you are enjoying the football (or ‘soccer’, in a strange dialect spoken across the pond) in the injury-free, cushion-clad cosiness of your home and would like to engage a slightly bored family member, I’ve got something that both of you might like. Paper Soccer game!
Many many World Cups ago, before the Internet, people used the time to invent all sorts of clever and crude games. One such simple but quite brilliant pen-and-paper game tirelessly played by us kids in 1980’s Poland was Paper Soccer (not to be confused with entirely different Paper Football game). We would draw a familiar shape at the back of a square ruled notebook, mark the middle and start playing imaginary football. In turns, we would draw a continuous line denoting passing the ball, following simple rules. Incredible how much excitement could be provided just by pen and paper!
I highly recommend you trying the game and having your own Paper World Cup!
To celebrate the game of football, we have prepared a little something for our readers. For the first 250 people that share our post on Twitter before July 13th we will post a set of five printed Paper Soccer cards for you to try the game. Simply retweet this message and send your Twitter handle with your UK postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
PAPER SOCCER INSTRUCTIONS:
- Draw a line, ideally on a square ruled page – a rectangle (8 x 10 boxes) with goals (2 x 1 boxes) on shorter sides. Put a dot in the centre. This is your football pitch.
- Starting from the middle, in turns, each player draws a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line within one grid box towards the opponent’s goal.
- Each player continues drawing at the end tip of the opponent’s line.
- Line tips as well as the pitch boundary line serve as ‘bounce’ points from which a player makes additional move within a turn.
- The player that first crosses the opponent’s goal line wins. A player that can’t make a move or moves the ball into a corner loses.
- Lines can’t be drawn over existing ones – they can only cross and have joint tips.
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