It is safe to say that many Singaporeans have played soccer at one point or another, whether it was during PE lessons on the school field, at the void deck or even your living room.
While I now indulge in the occasional Sunday soccer sessions with a proper size 5 ball, I still fondly remember the many different and ingenious ways my friends and I played Singapore’s favourite sport.
I think the theory behind this was that as long as it could roll, it could be a substitute for a ball that you would kick through an imaginary goalpost.
You could also make the sport much harder by crushing it
Why this was a bright idea I still do not understand, it hurt when you headed it and was like trying to connect with a ping pong ball with your little finger.
Newspaper Ball Wrapped in Tape
Back in Primary School, they would hand out newsletters such as 好朋友 for our reading pleasure, instead of reading it; the class rascal would take a few copies and crush it up into a ball.
This was then followed up by using tape, preferably masking tape to hold everything together and make one rather solid ball that looked like something the Flintstones might have used.
The safe way to play soccer, often used in households to prevent injuries and collateral damage
Proper Size 5 Ball
It was perhaps a treat during PE lessons when you could kick a normal size 5 ball, yet it would eventually become the one ball that continued with our lives
I have many memories of the ways i’ve played soccer with my friends, hopefully one day i’ll be able to let my kids experience it as well.