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Village hosts swamp soccer games

Swamp soccer teams play dirty
Thousands of people are expected at the Strachur tournament

A tiny Scottish village is hosting the Swamp Soccer World Championships.

Up to 100 teams are expected in Strachur, Arygll, for the tournament between 20 and 22 June.

The game, which originated in Finland, is contested by two teams of six on a muddy field not much bigger than a five-a-side football pitch.

Teams can be all male, female or mixed with countless substitutions allowed during the 24-minute game, which is contested over two halves.

The offside rule does not apply and all players must be 17 or over.

Kick-offs, throw-ins, corner kicks, free kicks and penalties are taken by using the hands to drop the ball onto a chosen foot.

This does not apply to penalties, which are indirect.

'Filthy tackles'

World Championships have been held every year since 2000, although the first UK tournament was held in Dunoon, Argyll, in 2006.

Organiser of the Strahcur tournament, Stewart Miller, said the event would be "bigger and better than ever" and a first for Scotland.

He said: "As a nation we have never hosted a World Cup, and we missed out on the European Championships this year.

"But the Swamp Soccer World Championship promises the same sporting spirit, competitive instincts and filthy tackles - but with the addition of masses of sludge, muck and swampy mess."

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