By Almudena Calatrava / The Associated Press
PERGAMINO, Argentina—Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing, though the rules have been altered and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible.
Dubbed “metegol humano,” or “human foosball,” the system designed for the coronavirus pandemic involves dividing the field with white chalk into 12 rectangles and restricting each player to a defined space. The ball can be passed across rectangles, and players can dribble inside their areas. The modified game emphasizes passing and shooting over running and fancy footwork. And of course there are no rough tackles.
Members of the Vende Humo FC and Los Mismos de Siempre amateur teams tried the new form of soccer at the Play Fútbol 5 sports complex in the city of Pergamino, about 240 kilometers from the capital of Buenos Aires. Players concentrated Wednesday on