Horse soccer, also commonly known by the name equine soccer or hoofball, is a fun sport that can be best described as a mix of soccer and polo. It is played mostly at a club level, but there are also some competitive leagues for the sport. It is basically pushball on horseback.
The sport is played with all players riding on horsebacks. The field used for playing varies, but a 60' x 100' field is a preferred by many leagues. The ball used for playing is a large inflated ball, similar to an exercise ball, which is about 40" in diameter.
Two goalposts are placed on opposite ends of the field. Depending on the experience of the players the posts are placed 12ft to 25ft apart. The objective of the sport is to drive the ball through the goalposts.
The number of players in a team varies. There is no restriction on the style of riding, and both English and western styles can be used.
A match is typically played with two or three players in each team. However, it can also be played with anywhere from one to eight players per team. The duration of a match varies between clubs, but are typically played for two, 10 or 15 minute halves, with a half-time break in between.
similar sports on horseback ...
- Horseball — a combination of polo, rugby and basketball, played on horseback where a ball with six handles around it is carried and shot through a high net to score.
- Horse Polo — a team sport played on horseback in which the objective is to hit a small ball into a goal using a long-handled mallet.
similar sports with a large inflated ball ...
- Pushball — a team sport played with a large inflated ball in which the objective is to push the ball through the opponent’s goalposts.
- Bladderball — a traditional game played between 1954-1982 at Yale University. The game resembled other forms of mob football in which any number of people can be a part in each team, and the only objective of the sport was to gain possession of the large inflated leather ball by any means necessary.
- Circle Rules Football — played on a circular field with one central goal in which teams score in opposing directions using a large inflated yoga ball.
similar gameplay ...
- Association Football — more commonly known as Football or Soccer, played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object is to score by using any part of the body except the arms and hands to get the ball into the opposing goal.
- Zorb Football — a team sport that was derived from association football (soccer) in which players are encased in an inflated bubble called a Zorb.
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