Firstly ‘Football’ means Gaelic Football. In Ireland, football doesn’t mean ‘soccer’ which is a shame as it suggests Gaelic Football is the number one form of football in Ireland, but it’s not. Soccer is. Technically, Gaelic Football isn’t football anyway, as you’re allowed use your hands so where that term came from is beyond me.
To all of my American readers you’re probably going WTF? football IS soccer. But no, i live in Ireland and we do everything arseways here so if you ever come to Ireland, never refer to ‘football’ as ‘soccer’ or ‘soccer’ to ‘football’ as it will confuse people..
Anyway, I was asked which is the more skillful game and why.. So here goes.. i dare someone to steal this post and post it over on boards.ie GAA forums section You’d be a dead man walking.
If a ball comes near you, your instinct it to raise your hands to protect your face/catch ball. In soccer, you have to think, and head the ball in a certain direction, no hands allowed which is un-natural. This is the biggest difference imo – it’s what makes soccer more skillful.
Air -v- Ground
Football is played in the air. Rarely will you see a player choose ground over air in open play. Soccer must be played on the ground, if you play it in the air, it means you’re a defensive side that aren’t skillful enough to play it on the ground.
In football, you have goals and points, a huge target of unlimited height. In soccer, the area to score in is limited, and rectangular in shape, meaning the ball must go left or right/ not up. Therefore control is needed to keep the ball not only on target, but relatively low to the ground.
In football, you have more space, but less time. In soccer you have more time but less space. If you gave Leonardo Da Vinci a day to paint the sistine chapel, he’d get a door painted and a pretty rushed door at that. Give him a week to paint a door, and you’ll have a door of the finest quality 😉
Another huge difference… football doesn’t have this rule, soccer does. This requires both defenders and forwards to predict/anticipate what direction and pace a ball will be played at. It requires teamwork and high levels of awareness. Therefore a tremendous amount of skill is required to get the offside trap just right.
For anyone who doesn’t know what offside is, basically it’s a rule which stops goal hanging (staying around the goal area to act as a threat). In football, you can goal hang and get away with it.
And that’s it. Soccer wins every time. Let the bloodbath of comments commence 😎