Roller soccer

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A Rollersoccer match in progress
Rollersoccer or Roller Foot
Highest governing bodyRollersoccer International Federation
First playedLate 19th century
Registered players200
Characteristics
ContactYes
Team members5 per side
TypeTeam sport, ball sport, roller sport
EquipmentFootball (or soccer ball), roller skates, pads
VenueRoller rink, 5 a side football court, Outside sports court
Presence
Country or regionUK, U.S. France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Australia, Russia, Belarus, Slovenia
OlympicNo
ParalympicNo

Roller soccer, roller foot or roller football is a version of association football played on roller skates.

History[edit]

The sport was created in the Midlands district of the United Kingdom[1] in 1882 and the first documented match was a game between local rivals Derby and Burton on 30 January of that year. Video footage first appeared at Forest Gate Roller Rink in 1934 in London, United Kingdom, where two teams of female players were filmed for an item on Pathe News. Over a decade later Billboard reported in 1949 that it had been revived in Detroit, having disappeared for more than thirty years.[2] The game re-emerged for inlines in San Francisco in 1995, when a group of friends on inline skates began playing soccer with a pine cone. They soon switched to using a football.[3] By 1998, it was described as "well established in some areas".[4]

The first Rollersoccer World Cup was held in London in 2003 and again in 2004 whereafter the tournament was rotated around the world with European and National events also emerging.

The country with most active players and the highest number of teams is France with Marseille currently the holders of the most world titles The sport is also played in Australia,[5] Belarus, Belgium,[6] Brazil, England, Germany, India, Russia, Scotland and Senegal.

World championships[edit]

  • 2003 (London) :
    • 1st Holland  NED
    • 2nd Germany  GER
  • 2004 (London) :
    • 1st Germany  GER
    • 2nd Holland  NED
  • 2005 (Germany) :
    • 1st Germany  GER
  • 2006 (Nuremberg) :
    • 1st Planet Roller  FRA
    • 2nd AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
  • 2007 (Paris) :
    • 1st AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
    •  ??
    • 3rd Planet Roller  FRA
    •  ??
    • 5th UTOPIE Toulon  FRA
  • 2008 (San Francisco) :
    • 1st Away Team  USA
    • 2nd AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
    • 3rd Euroland  EUR
    • 4th Planet Roller  FRA
  • 2009 (Bruxelles) :
    • 1st AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
    • 2nd Shark Épinay Roller Soccer  FRA
    • 3rd Planet Roller  FRA
    • 4th UTOPIE Toulon  FRA
  • 2010 (Piacenza):
    • 1st AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
  • 2011 (Recife) :
    • 1st AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
    • 2nd Sport Clube Recife  BRA
    • 3rd Recife Futins Clube  BRA
  • 2012 (Marseille) :
    • 1st AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
    • 2nd Slovenia
    • 3rd Recife Futins Clube  BRA
    • 4th Shark Épinay Roller Soccer  FRA
  • 2013 (Amsterdam) :
    • 1st AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
    • 2nd RSCT Toulon  FRA
    • 3rd Phénix, Marseille  FRA
    • 4th Paris RF  FRA
  • 2015 (Toulon) :
    • 1st RSCT Toulon  FRA
    • 2nd Phenix Marseille  FRA
    • Semi finalists: Rollera Ljubljana, AMSCAS Marseille
  • 2017 (Marseille) :
    • 1st Phénix, Marseille  FRA
    • 2nd USMS Easy Riders Toulon  FRA
    • 3rd AMSCAS Marseille  FRA
    • 4th RSCT Toulon  FRA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Derby Daily Telegraph". 31 January 1882.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Roller soccer at Imlay City", Billboard, 26 February 1949
  3. ^ "Skating sports roll on", The Vindicator, 9 June 2001, section E, p.1
  4. ^ Liz Miller, Get Rolling: The Beginner's Guide to In-Line Skating, p.31
  5. ^ Eleri Harris, "Clanberra: The Roller-Socceroos", 666 ABC Canberra, 20 December 2011
  6. ^ "Grâce à des jeunes, le roller soccer est une affaire qui roule en Belgique", RTBF, 19 April 2010 (in French)

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