Rules Of Football When We Were Kids by Ngime Epie

 

soccer-ball

 

1. The fat kid was always the goalkeeper…
2. The owner of the ball decided who played…
3. Penalty (otherwise called PENALITY!) was awarded only if an injured player could curse or fight a lot…
4. The match only ended when everyone was tired…
5. No matter how many goals you scored, the winner would be determined by the last team to score…
6. No referee and lines men. You could run with the ball even behind the
goalpost…
7. If you didn’t participate in repairing a damaged ball you were given a match ban…
8. If you’re picked last, you’re a loser…
9. The guy who’s never picked was to fetch the ball from the tree or bush when it got stuck, under the car or tunnel to play in the next game…
10. When the owner of the ball got annoyed, game over…
11. You were allowed to change a goalkeeper in case of a penalty…
12. The most skillful player got automatic selection…
13. No discrimination, both the children of rich and the poor played together…

Was it different in your own place?

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5 responses to “Rules Of Football When We Were Kids by Ngime Epie

  1. So many memories… Thank you Ngime Epie for this wonderful piece, especially after the (Cameroonian) World Cup where our “team” showed its poor manners and its complete lack of unity.

  2. “Last goal wins”…. and then there’s an argument when a goal is scored, then someone yells last goal wins again and the game continues…

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