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Pushball is a team sport that is played with a large ball in which the objective is to push the ball through the opponent’s goal posts. The sport was invented in 1891 by M. G. Crane of Newton, Massachusetts.

The game is played on a field that is about 140 yards long and 50 yards wide. The goals posts on both ends consist of two upright posts that are 18 feet high and 20 feet apart, with a crossbar seven feet from the ground. The ball used is 6ft in diameter and weighs 50lbs.

A match is played between two teams with 11 players per team. Two players are designated as goalkeepers, two each play the left-wing and the right wing positions, and five players play the forward position.

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The objective of the sport is to score as many points as possible by, either pushing the ball through the goal posts under the crossbar; which accounts for five points, or throwing the ball over the crossbar; which accounts for eight points. If the ball is pushed behind the goal line but not through the posts, it accounts for two points. A match is played for two periods, and the team with the most points at the end is the winner.


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