Crab soccer (American English), or crab football (British English), is an informal sport for two teams. Players try to kick an inflated ball into a goal to score points. The game can be played with a regular soccer ball, but often is played with a cage ball. At the end of the game, the team with more points wins. Unlike soccer, players support themselves on their hands and feet, face up, in motions that make them look like crabs, a method known as crabwalking. Crab soccer lends itself to play either outdoors or in a gymnasium, and is more commonly thought of as being a sport played by children than adults, as most online sources seem to suggest.
Like many other sports, there are various sets of rules. This sport involves kicking, so safety is at the root of many rules. Like soccer, players other than the goalkeeper must not touch the ball with their hands. No players may stand except for the goalies.
In some versions of the game, the player's posterior is supported by a small wheeled platform which they scoot around with their hands and legs.
Famous quotes containing the words soccer and/or crab:
“If we were doing this in the Falklands they would love it. Its part of our heritage. The British have always been fighting wars.”
—British soccer fan. quoted in Independent (London, Dec. 23, 1988)
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always try to go back into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.”
—Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (18601904)