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Difference Between Rugby and Soccer

soccerRugby vs Soccer

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and is commonly known as football. And while rugby (as well as American football) evolved from soccer, the two are different. Rugby is much more similar to soccer than American football, because it is a continuous game.

The balls
Rugby (league) uses a ball in the shape of a prolate spheroid, inflated with air. It is of ‘international size’, or ‘size 5’, measuring approximately 27 cm with a circumference of 60 cm , at most. It is pointed at the two ends and weighs about 383 to 440 grams. The soccer ball, on the other hand, is round, and made of 32 panels of stitched leather or plastic, forming 20 regular hexagons and 12 regular pentagons.

Point of the game
The point, in both soccer and rugby, was initially similar, which was to earn points by kicking the ball into the opponent’s net. But that changed with rugby, as the goal was changed so that it is now just having to kick the ball over the bar, as opposed to inside a net. Eventually, points were added for placing the ball in the end zone, ultimately eliminating the special stress of kicking in rugby.

Game play
The flow of the game, as well as game strategy, is quite similar for both soccer and rugby. Strategy generally involves isolating the defensive players, and picking a place on the field to move the ball forwards towards a goal. However, unlike soccer, in rugby, it takes sheer power to drive the ball across the field through the opposing team.

Basic skills for the players are also similar, and there’s less emphasis on specialty players. Every player needs to be able to kick, tackle, pass and run fast. There can be a little bit of specialization in soccer (not so much as in football) where specific skills are necessary for given situations in the game.

In rugby, you basically play the ball by picking it up and making a run with it towards the opponent’s side, while your teammates assist you to move the ball forward, by locking around you and pushing you ahead. This is one of the key differences in game play between soccer and rugby, as it is not possible to be in front of the player with the ball in soccer.

The rugby ball is prolate spheroid shaped, while the soccer ball is round.
In rugby, a goal is earned by kicking the ball over the bar, while in soccer it’s placing the ball into the net.
In rugby, sheer power must be used to drive the ball through an opponent’s side, while in soccer, excessive use of power is not allowed.
In soccer, you cannot move in front of the player carrying the ball, while it is possible in rugby.
Soccer requires some more specialty skilled players for some situations, while in rugby every player has a similar set of skills.

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  1. To find out more information about the game and the soccer rules that go along with it, Soccer Stars is a fantastic resource.

  2. “Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world…”

    really? i thought football-soccer WAS and IS the most popular sport in the world, unless you’re American, ofcourse, then it becomes Nascar, WWF, or even croc hunting down in the bayou near n’orleans, y’all

  3. Hi,

    I think rugby and american soccer are different from each other. please correct me if I am wrong.

  4. Soccers for girls
    Rugbys for men

    • Just my opinion, you are in- correct. A sport is a sport, regardless of your gender. Female and Males alike work hard to perfect these skills, NOT everyone can accomplish the skills needed to play these sports. No boy and girls sports…It is everyone & anyone sport. If you can do it, enjoy it, achieve it, love it!

    • The thing with soccer is that it’s far more size inclusive,… so provided you bother to keep in shape, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re short or tall or anything in between. The likes of rugby and American football are generally less accessible to people of average height, especially if you don’t intend to overcompensate for the lack of height with a potentially unhealthy high BMI.
      As for soccer being “soft” …unfortunately there’s a lot of play acting, particularly from the latinos, ..though this could be better handled with better refereeing. Also, for all the supposed sappiness of soccer players, your average soccer team would typically run rings around their rugby counterparts.

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