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Dresbach, Glenn W. (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VIII, No. 2 (November 1910)

G. L. L.
A little known type of football,   pp. 19-20

Page 19

A Little Known Type of Football
                             G. L. L.
  In England, unlike America, there is
no universal type of football; in fact, al-
most all the colleges have their own indi-
vidual modifications.  There are, how-
ever, four distinct kinds-Rugby, Associa-
tion, generally called Soccer, the Eton
Wall game, the intricacies of which even
the average Etonian fails to grasp, and
lastly there is Harrow football, which is
going to bore me for the next hour and
you for the next five minutes, granting, of
course, that you will read to the bitter end.
  The rules and conditions of the game
are of -the simplest. The field is of ap-
proximately the same shape and size as
the American gridiron. The goals, called
for some unknown reason, bases, are two
upright posts with no cross bar. You may
kick a base as high or as low as you like,
or rather as you are able. The ball is of a
wierd and awful shape, a kind of inflated
discus or a much sat on basketball, only
much larger and about five times as heavy.
Imagine this monstrosity when soaked!
You know it rains all fall and winter in
England! The ball may only be handled
before it has bounced. If caught in this
way on the "full-pitch" it entitles the
catcher to a free kick or to start dribbling
it. He can, in fact, do what he likes with
it within a radius of three yards. By the
way, while catching the ball he must
shout out "yards." It is in fact the same
as making a "heel" in English Rugby, or
a "fair catch" in the American game.
  One of the most important differences
is that the ball is dribbled, kicked or
pushed along but never carried in the
  The off-side rule is that of English
Rugby; you have to be behind the man
on Your side who kicked the ball last. Of
course if one of the other side has touched
it you are put on-side.
  There are eleven players on a side, three
"backs," two on each wing, and the re-
maining four in th center. It is upon
thesc centers that-the    Irery- falls;
while the theatrical gallery play Salls to
the lot of the "wings" and "baecks.' It is
the business of these centers 49   to bd
within three yards of the ball go as to bd
able to block the player on'the other side
from kicking or running with it. It is to
their share that most of the "scrumming"
  You are allowed to tackle a man as you
like provided you do not kickI, trip, collar
or in any way use your hands or feet upon
him. The usual tackle is a low crouch,
head  down   and  shoulders out, aimed
straight at the opponent's miOdle, who
will land flat on his back or will perforce
take a running dive over the tackler's
head. Other popular tackles are taking
a flying leap at Your opponent's shoulders
and hurling yourself at his legs.
  The object of the game is to get the ball
through the base, which is generally done
by dribbling it through or by receiving
"Yards" near base and making a drop
goal, each of which count one point. If
one team gets five points before the other
has scored, the match is considered as
finished, even if the game has only been in
progress a few  minutes.   It is a far
greater disgrace to be "licked off" than
to have a score of ten to one against one's
  The game lasts one hour and ten min-
utes. The teams change ends; after every
base, no  interval being  allowed.   If
neither side has scored by half time, the
teams change ends. When there is no
score at the end of the prescribed seventy
minutes the teams change ends - again,
plaving for another ten minutes. If the
game is still scoreless the teams again
change end for another ten minutes' play.
In the rare case when no decisive score

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