Sport is an activity, hobby, and exercise; three terms that are commonly used as if they meant the same thing but have many differences. So does soccer fit these categories?
We must first focus on understanding these three concepts in order to determine which one can be associated with soccer.
Starting with physical activity, it refers to any action or body movement that we do use the skeletal muscles and that requires an expenditure of energy.
Putting out the trash or starting the car can be considered activities. When we do physical activities in a planned way to create a structure.
This helps us improve some physical or health conditions, this is called exercise. It can be exemplified by regular jogging or cycling.
Activity: the situation in which a lot of things are happening or people are moving around: There was a lot of activity in preparation for the Queen’s visit.
Economists are concerned by the low level of economic activity. There was a sudden flurry of activity when the director walked in.Dictionary.com
In the case of sport, we can define it as an activity that may require some specialization since it’s based on competition, either individually or in teams.
Sports also require some training or preparation to achieve the required specialization in certain actions that are important to the game.
Baseball or basketball are clear examples of sports and how could it be otherwise, also soccer.
Why is soccer a sport?
Soccer is a sport because it requires particular training to develop certain special skills that help increase its competitiveness.
This is what’s done at the semi-professional and professional level with soccer (and in some cases at the amateur level).
A sport is to perform training periodically to gain the best physical and technical condition possible. To reach a level that allows achieving the established goals.
Additionally, another point that causes soccer to be classified as a sport is the fact that it has a regulation by which all its practitioners must be governed.
It’s also a sport because it’s defined by its competitive edge. It combines a competitive nature with the objective of winning individual and team trophies.
This promotes and encourages the nature that defines sports as a whole, which is competing to win.
The definition of a sport
Sport: a game, competition, or activity needing physical effort and skill that’s played or done according to rules, for enjoyment and/or as a job:
Football, basketball, and hockey are all team sports. I enjoy winter sports like skiing and skating.Dictionary.com
Is soccer a contact sport?
Soccer is a contact sport it’s necessary for there to be direct contact between the players, to gain possession of the ball.
Sports can be classified in many ways and one is considering the level of contact that may exist.
Without contact, you could not practice these sports because it’s an essential part of it, as is the case with American football, rugby, or boxing.
There’re also no contact sports such as track and field sports or tennis, where there should be no contact between the players.
Contact in Soccer
Soccer is considered a limited-contact sport because there’s occasional contact or collision between the players although this is not a part essential of the game.
It’s normal for attackers, especially strikers, to use their bodies as a barrier between opponents and the ball.
Defenders to use tackles to cut off any rival attack. It’s also normal for there to be shoulder-to-shoulder collisions, which is allowed by the regulations (unlike pushing).
Situations where two players dispute the possession of the ball can promote contact. This is very commonly seen in corner kicks or free kicks plays where each player takes their own mark.
Although players cannot hold or prevent their mark from moving. They usually use their arms to increase the space in order to limit and inconvenience the attacker.
Is Soccer a Physical Game?
Soccer is a physical game, that involves contact, force, tackles, and challenges to compete for the ball.
The physical side of soccer is something that has become an interesting part of the game.
Such as the English Premier League, where there’s a bigger sense of emphasis and dedication to the physical side of things,.
The physical nature of soccer has not defined the sport, but a lot of teams try to use that for their own benefit.
Is soccer a sport or an activity?
Soccer is a sport because of the competitive nature of the game which involves contact, challenges with the objective of winning.
An activity does not involve these fundamental factors of competition. Soccer would be an activity if it was played in the yard with family for fun.
Being active is an everyday movement, but soccer is more than just a walk in the park – this makes it a sport.
Soccer is a Sport
Competition is an essential element of every single sport. The desire to do better and to become more competitive. That’s why soccer is not just an activity and is a sport.
The game is a lot more competitive and challenging on many different levels.
Soccer is a sport and one of the most loved. It always gets the best and most passion from its supporters.
I’ve played soccer across the U.S.A, Europe and I’ve coached many teams. Soccer is life for me, and with my experience in the game, I want to share my insights into the beautiful game with you.
Joel Powel – Soccer Blade