Australia leads, or is close to leading, the World in ball sports. Cricket, Rugby, Rugby League and if any country is game to take on our worst Aussie Rules team they’d be slaughtered.

So why would anyone get excited about our ethnic game of soccer when the only team we can field is the World’s 34th best? Crumbs!

"A" League they call it. Bloody hell, at 34th there aren't enough letters in the alphabet to denote its rank.

And what does that say for club soccer? Blimey thank God the stupid game is over for the season! 

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Jeffbro
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in my youth my family wanted me to play AFL – but I refused when I saw my sister break a fingernail during a game once.

BigLewy
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FOOTY?
Modern equivalent for Gladiators of Ancient ROME.
Same basic principal is to give the Dumb Population something to occupy their brains whilst the Government does whatever it likes. (BIG BROTHER)

OldRooster
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OldRooster

Thumbs up to that!

JaiNormosone
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I’m not sure about the picture. I thought that the taste of the girls (who fall down and cry if someone swipes the ball from them) would be way more gaudy and tacky while being far more expensive a brand.

1rdoval@gmail.com
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1rdoval@gmail.com

Bloody boring football . . . the whole world’s out of step with Victoria.

ZER5
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ZER5

Notice how Aussie rules fans get upset when we outcasts hit back . It’s all in fun guys

ZER5
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ZER5

Larry didn’t draw the handbags he stole the pic off the internet . As I said this is all garbage talk but if you enjoy it go ahead as I can’t help it either . Not sure where the contest is but if you old pensioners see it as a contest go for it

optimist
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optimist

The bald-headed dude doesn’t seem too concerned about the family jewels.

chumo
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chumo

Heard some official claim the other day , that it is only a matter of time and SOCCER will be the No 1 sport in OZ. Maybe the Islamists are going to make us watch it;

ZER5
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ZER5

I love Larry’s form . He knows what he is doing when he posts an article like this one . He suckers us in and then sits back laughing his head off and watching us argue over nothing . All in fun I say

ZER5
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ZER5

Brian . The poms are the trouble makers at soccer matches throughout the world . As to my sissie comment let’s be clear on this . Larry and others were asking for a reaction and they got it . If you want to carry on the stupid argument mate I am happy to do so but realise one thing . We are both talking garbage on this I am tougher than you thing but for the sake of a having some fun lets go for it

bombardier
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bombardier

So help me if I have to watch ANY sport of ANY sort……god I hate sport……

ZER5
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ZER5

It was called football a long time before Aussie rules was invented . I am not sure but I think it took on the name soccer more so in Australia to differentiate from Aussie Rules. Question for you poida48 . Why is Aussie rules not called “handball ” as handball is a big feature of the game ?

Bostoc
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Bostoc

Futsal is an indoor soccer game that seems to be gaining momentum in Australia and the rest of the world.

vecchio
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vecchio

Courting controversy Larry? Football in a straight jacket!

2bits
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2bits

well like it or not it is the biggest most widespread game in the world. I like the world cup and appreciate the skills of some of the players… But having said that I get turned off by the biased referees and linesmen. Then players taking dives and professional fouls just confirms it is big business and sport comes a distant last.

cydonia
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cydonia

Isn’t it wonderful that our media will trumpet the virtues of a sport that none of us really give a shit about. Round ball soccer belongs in the Northern Hemisphere. We don’t play it here at the right time of the year. And the media will try to push it because, like everything they put on TV these days, there’s a perceived buck to be made.

.Pillowbiter
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.Pillowbiter

VFL really is crap.

ZER5
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ZER5

Larry this is one of your dumbest articles yet . Are you trying to make enemies mate ?

elsbrook
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elsbrook

At least there are some good soccer games, no such thing with AFL. AFL players are either bogans, prima donnas, or dark and fragile. But all of that aside, they are all legends, champions, or stars, and if they aren’t, they are rising stars. Makes me puke. And the only reason journo’s write about AFL is because they aren’t smart enough to put a real story together.

Fgrieco
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Fgrieco

No! No! Rugby league players are more interested in Arse holes, remember Hopoate?

Fgrieco
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Fgrieco

Man I’m in my 50’s nod still playing field soccer in an over 35s league and indoor. It’s all fun.

Fgrieco
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Fgrieco

Elite athletes go whee the money is. It’s got nothing to do with the sport. If soccer in Australia paid the crazy sums they pay in Europe most of Australia’s elite athletes would be playing soccer. In the USA it’s NFL, NBA & NB

Fgrieco
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Fgrieco

Play indoor soccer or 7 a side soccer – no offside there.

TheUntouchables
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TheUntouchables

Soccer lost all credibility the day it awarded the world Cup to Qatar

Fgrieco
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Fgrieco

If you’re a soccer fan, it’s not quite over. There is still the Asian club championship, FA cup, EPL still not decided, UEFA Champions League and the the World Cup starts in June, it’s the world’s biggest sporting event even bigger than the Olympics. So your opinion may resonate in Australia with its population of 22.5 million. However, most of the other 7 billion on the planet really love soccer / football.

OldRooster
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Actually I thought Ireland often gave Australia a hiding in the International Rules. For so long, particularly in the immediate post WWII period we were full of ourselves regarding our sporting prowess which was largely due to having better nourished and healthier men and especially women due to the better and more settled conditions we lived in. It was inevitable that as Europe in particular saw better days we would come back to the field. Our ranking in ‘Soccer’ is probably more what we should expect most of the time for most sports and athletic endeavours.

ThePragmatist
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ThePragmatist

I find soccer boring. I confess it is no doubt growing up with AFL and having an understanding of the rules where with soccer, only the goalie ca. Touch the ball with his hands or someone throwing it in from the boundary. But even knowing that and even playing a few games in my youth, I still find it boring as bat shit.

EsraStar
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EsraStar

Jeez Larry,,that’s a bit harsh,isn’t it.Have you ever played the game?? and apart from Net ball it(soccer)is the most participated ball game in Australia,i believe.

Twodogs
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Twodogs

And your point is???… How many fans have been killed at Aussie Rules Games? How many Aussie Rules games are subject to corrupt officials and players? How many stadiums have been burned down by idiots at Aussie Rules Games? How many Aussie Rules clubs are stupid enough to pay their players $600,000 per week? How many Aussie Rules clubs are owned by corrupt middle eastern grubs???

RonXYZ
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RonXYZ

There a bunch of fucking actors

JackFrench
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JackFrench

Sunday…Best and Fairest……….Monday……Court Appearance for bashing Wife/Girlfriend…….Tuesday on current affairs program being a mentor for grade 4 kids……….Wednesday………..Court Appearance for drunk and disorderly…………….Thursday…………….Announces use of performance enhancing drugs……………Friday………………Converts to ME religion…………………..Saturday……………….Involved in Night Club “Incident”………………Sunday…………….Best and Fairest.

DeputyDawg
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DeputyDawg

Which goes to show that Aussie Rules is an elite sport and that only a limited number of gifted footballers can play it!

Twinkle
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Twinkle

I watched the final last night, sort of. I like what goes on off the field not on the field. With League and Union at least something happens on a regular basis. The attraction must be the man that conducts the crowd and works them up Into a choreographed frenzy.

1rdoval@gmail.com
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1rdoval@gmail.com

I enjoy EPL football, but watching Australian games is on a par with watching Filipino basketball, Singapore Rugby or a Hong Kong cricket team.

DeputyDawg
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DeputyDawg

I made the mistake a number of years ago when a Pommie mate(yeah I know) said the world cup was on TV and I should watch it,I did,and what an insipid weak contrived game I’ve ever seen,your shadow had to only get close to someone and they threw themselves onto the ground screaming for their mothers,the ref then had apoplexy and then held up a yellow card then changed his mind and held up a red one,everyone from both teams went nuts and then the bloke who was dying got up and ran back to his possie,then someone scored a… Read more »

craigh
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craigh

Trouble is, those handbags don’t look out of place!!

1rdoval@gmail.com
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1rdoval@gmail.com

Perhaps that should read, ‘If any country is stupid enough to take up Aussie Rules . . .’

2crownies
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2crownies

Soccer will always be a minor sport in Australia. It is unAustralian. There is virtually no scoring and any contact ends in hysterics. Australians will never cheer for an obvious dive so as to obtain a penalty. That is not sport. It is cheating. Why does Brisbane wear the Dutch colours? Is it Brisbane or Holland that these idiots are supporting? Unfortunately it is not over for the season because we have the World Cup. The sooner that Australia is eliminated the better.

JackFrench
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JackFrench

2 Tennis players mid field…..1.2 Million world wide viewers =1.2 Million and 2 “SportsPeople” ( but only 2 actually engaged in sport….”Aussies are Sport Mad”…

Zagame
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Zagame

Have to agree Larry. Soccer is a game of foot skill, shame it brings out the worst in people, maybe something to do with the very low scores, ei: low iq’s of supporters. I would sooner watch a 10 goal 6 behinds to 9 goal 12 behinds drawn AFL game

JackFrench
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JackFrench

Was it Marx who said “Religion is the Opiate of the People”…Well in the modern age that has become ” Sport is the Opiate of the Fools”….