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Old 06-29-2010, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Is soccer the most difficult sport to learn?

since it involves your feet and people aren't accustomed to doing things other than walking/running with their feet, but definitely not in those soccer motions.

where as basketball, football, baseball, etc. all revolve around the upper body and arms, and we're constantly using those in different ways every day where they're easier sports to become familiar with? i mean who hasn't thrown a piece of trash into a far away trash can? thrown a ball to someone else? caught a ball?

think of it this way. from the people who have never played soccer, how awful and uncoordinated do they look when they try? as opposed to first times playing basketball, football, baseball?
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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I think soccer is much easier than basketball.
Set plays in basketball are much harder. You don't have anything like the zone defense in soccer.
Shooting in basketball is harder than kicking the ball. Basketball is also a game that requires more intelligence.
Seriously. Soccer is a lot lot easier.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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No. Extreme ironing is the hardest sport to learn.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:12 PM   #4
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since it involves your feet and people aren't accustomed to doing things other than walking/running with their feet, but definitely not in those soccer motions.

where as basketball, football, baseball, etc. all revolve around the upper body and arms, and we're constantly using those in different ways every day where they're easier sports to become familiar with? i mean who hasn't thrown a piece of trash into a far away trash can? thrown a ball to someone else? caught a ball?

think of it this way. from the people who have never played soccer, how awful and uncoordinated do they look when they try? as opposed to first times playing basketball, football, baseball?


Well I've always said this, you can take a 16 year old athletic specimem and turn him into a football, basketball or baseball player.

However you cannot do the same in Hockey, tennis or soccer.

The mechanics and techniques to be successful at these sports need to embedded and trained in from a very early stage, whereas for example Patrick Ewing and Andrew Bynum took up basketball very late and made it into the NBA. There would be no equivalent in soccer.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:14 PM   #5
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Default Re: Is soccer the most difficult sport to learn?

Controlling with your hands is 10 times easier than with your feet and refs allow for physical playing which makes it even more difficult to controll the ball. Shooting the ball is much much easier with your hands, than your feet.

How the hell does basketball require more intelligence ?
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:17 PM   #6
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Baseball.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:33 PM   #7
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since it involves your feet and people aren't accustomed to doing things other than walking/running with their feet, but definitely not in those soccer motions.

where as basketball, football, baseball, etc. all revolve around the upper body and arms, and we're constantly using those in different ways every day where they're easier sports to become familiar with? i mean who hasn't thrown a piece of trash into a far away trash can? thrown a ball to someone else? caught a ball?

think of it this way. from the people who have never played soccer, how awful and uncoordinated do they look when they try? as opposed to first times playing basketball, football, baseball?

just as much as when you try any other sport for the first time. its no harder or easier. its not like soccer players control the ball perfectly all the time. i had no more trouble learning soccer, and its by far the sport im best at.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:42 PM   #8
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No. Extreme ironing is the hardest sport to learn.

I concur...

Its curling where its at!
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:07 PM   #9
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Hockey is the hardest
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:01 PM   #10
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Baseball.

this. its the only sport where physical ability doesn't give you any clear cut advantage.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:03 PM   #11
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Not really, but it is difficult to master.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:26 PM   #12
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In ways soccer does have a very high learning curve. I remember feeling absolutely retarded trying to dribble the ball when I started. It also takes a long time to kick the ball correctly (with the laces and all). Simple things like developing a good first touch can take many years to learn.

One tough thing about soccer is you need to play with a good team to have success. If you play with people that don't like to pass or you just don't mesh well with, it's going to be very very frustrating. One person can't try to take a team on by himself, it just doesn't work that way. Ball-hoggers get punished in soccer while they get praised in other sports.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:35 PM   #13
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Nope. I picked up soccer pretty quickly. Of course I had my faults, but I was pretty good for a beginner. It honestly depends on your position.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:37 PM   #14
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:38 PM   #15
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IMO Sepak Takraw is the hardest sport I've seen.

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