Soccer Literature !! 

The purpose of this page is to provide a forum for soccer writers who would like to share their work. Contact me if you would like to add a link to your document or if you have written something about soccer.  Thanks to all my visitors who do not think "soccer literature" is an oxymoron!

Australian Football

Since Australia was established in the late 18th century as a British penal colony, it was likely the country would embrace the sport of soccer. It is not hard to imagine the citizens kicking the round ball in the 1800's when British culture dominated the country.

However the locals eventually embraced the oval ball of rugby, and went on to invent their very own Aussie rules football. Soccer played second fiddle to the two until the creation of the A League in 2004.

The inaugural season of the A League ended with Australia's national team competing in the World Cup in 2006. Australians love their sport, and their gambling on sports. In 2006 many Australians won big money placing a soccer bet on their beloved 'socceroos' beating Japan in their first World Cup game - a win that set them up for qualification in their group.

Soccer is now a huge sport in Oz, but still falls behind Rugby and AFL, as well as games like roulette, horse racing events and racing form, on events such as the melbourne cup (which is a public holiday in some places).

With continued improvement on the international stage, the sky is the limit for Aussie soccer! So all you Aussie fans, chime in here and send me tributes to your "socceroos."


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Some Foreign Field

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My travels have taken me to a couple of matches in England. It is fun to see their game and the fans are interested in a Yank who follows "footy." I get asked why I like football and why the rest of America doesn’t.

We aren’t taken too seriously there of course. I was stopped in London by a workman this summer.

"Whose kit is that?"

"U.S. They play Germany today in the World Cup."

"Five-nil," was his disparaging prediction.

I grinned back at him. "I’d take those odds if I were you."

His mood changed and he made a fist. "Stuff ‘em for us!"

If only we had . . .

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Soccer Fields Near Padua
~Anne Harding Woodworth

Near Padua
the oval fields stretch wetly green and mown;
and at the museum, a Greek
heads the ball
on a terra cotta plate,

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Those Base Football Players
~H. Edtheborl

Wonderful thing soccer, on the one hand it's probably done more to introduce disparate cultures to a shared rule system, (offside, penalties etc), than any religion that ever existed. Ironically, at the same time, it divides nation from nation, town from town, and, in instances such as Liverpool versus Everton, Celtic versus Rangers and AC Milan versus Inter Milan, pits parish against parish in bitter rivalry. Rather like religion I suppose. However, when you consider the time that it took Christianity, Islam and Buddhism to reach their zenith in terms of geographical dominance, then the rapid growth of football from its origins in medieval England to its near global exposure is nothing short of miraculous.

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The Girl Can Play
~ Ric Miller

She moved into town early in 1988. Coming from Virginia or North Carolina--somewhere from that part of the country--she had already played at a higher level of soccer than was offered girls in this part of the country. But she lived now in Florida's panhandle, Pensacola to be exact, and club soccer was just in its beginnings for boys. The few girls that wanted to play could hold their own with guys and that's where they played, with guys.

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"First Goalllllllllllllll!!!"

Forza Lazio, Forza Roma 
~ Marilyn Knapp Litt

I am new to soccer, but the second game I attended was a derby between crosstown rivals, Lazio and Roma, in Rome's Olympic stadium. It was my introduction to Italy, to the passion of European football, and to the specialized language of soccer, a derby being a match between two teams from the same town. Photo

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Cemetery, June 1994
St. James, Brittany, France
~Anne Harding Woodworth

The first two graves anticipate us,

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Relegation 
~by a Padova Supporter

When your soccer team is relegate a little part of your life (but a part of YOUR life!) changes. Is like when you change your home and go in a poorest neighbourhood, or when you sell your car and buy a bicycle.

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Baggio at the Net 
~Scott T. McAllister's Poetry

The match was long and hot, on that July, Sunday.

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Soccer in the Mean Streets 
~ Marilyn Knapp Litt

The World Cup came to town and I interviewed for a volunteer position. Despite my dressing up and presenting a pleasing manner, the World Cup committee had no need of my services. Later I met a successful applicant who was in charge of watching cars in small parking lot. My soccer self-esteem was at an all-time low.

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The League of Champions ~1996
~ Ethan Fry's Poetry

The journey started with many a team

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