Soccer + Motorcycles = MotoballSo maybe I've been living under a rock. Until I was researching the dumbest rule in racing the other day, I had no...
So maybe I've been living under a rock. Until I was researching the dumbest rule in racing the other day, I had no idea that Motoball was a thing. Not only is it a thing, but it's a thing that has its own decades-old European championship, specially made bikes, and its own section in the FIM rulebook. More important than any of that--we need Motoball here in the States.
I wasn't joking.
Motoball, as you might guess from the name, is a version of soccer (well, football) played with motorcycles. There are four players to a side, plus two dismounted goalies, two referees and two linemen, an oversized ball and standard sized goals. And they ride around and slide their bikes and crash into each other and... Well, just watch.
You don't have to speak French to get what's going on here, or to understand that it's absolutely awesome. Motoball is the sort of thing that a bunch of rednecks would think up when they're drunk one weekend, except the rednecks are French and Russian and Belarusians.
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And there's the problem. How in the world is this not a sport here in the States? Why are we letting Europe have all the fun? Riding dirt bikes around a muddy field and kicking an oversized ball seems so inherently American that it blows my mind it was invented in Eastern Europe in the 1930s.
We need motoball in the X Games. We need it in the park up the road from my house. Heck, we need it to replace actual soccer as the ubiquitous kid sport, because little kids on PW50s playing mini-motoball is the most adorable idea I've had in weeks.
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Have you ever played motoball? Seen a match? Tell us how it was in the comments below!