I have found myself watching a lot of football lately.
Many of my readers will know the game I’m referring to as soccer.
As you can see, I’m getting better at calling the game by the name used by the rest of the world, particularly when I’m in an international setting such as cyberspace. But, don’t misinterpret: amongst my friends and familiar cast of characters, I still call our version of football by the name we all grew up calling it.
For the uninitiated, there are four version of football that I watch:
American rules football
This game’s roots in the game of rugby are obvious. Although this game is more structured and there is a stoppage of play after every ‘down’ to allow both the offense and defense to call a new play, it is highly strategic and features furious bursts of energy.
Canadian rules football
Based on American rules football, but with a longer and wider field, three downs instead of four, and a few other odd variations.
Australian rules football
This game has the non-stop action of ‘global’ football and the collisions that you see in rugby / American football.
Global rules football
This is the most widely played game on this planet. Also referred to by the aforementioned name of ‘soccer.’ I’m not sure anyone else uses the term ‘global,’ and I’m not expecting it to catch on, but it is the term I use in my fiction writing.
NOTE: I did not include Arena football, mainly because I really don’t watch it…but it does somewhat resemble some of the games my friends and I played in basketball gyms and abandoned buildings.
I run into and interact with a lot of people who truly don’t see my need to be this ‘politically correct’ about referring to soccer as football.
Personally, I would be OK if they would see my move as ‘diplomatic.’
But that’s not truly my reasoning, either. I’m being mindful of my environment, which I see as being defined by the fact that I am a citizen of Earth…which is a realm so much larger than one mere country.
Now…considering that I write science fiction, I am more accurately a citizen of a realm so much larger than one mere planet.
Regardless of my logic, people are going to call the games whatever they want to call them, and I’m probably going to confuse people when I keep switching from ‘soccer’ to ‘football’ to ‘American football’ to ‘soccer’…etc. But, the only important thing that matters is: do we enjoy any of these games?
I definitely do. And, with my increasing fanaticism with Global rules football, I have an entire planet of leagues and teams to entertain me.