Various sports leagues and countries — including the NFL and USA — are keeping a close eye on Germany and the Bundesliga to see how a league can best operate during a pandemic. The Germans have always seemed to be one step ahead with mass testing, tracking and precautions to ensure the safety of players and staff.
Now, the latest German innovation for safety is here and it’s called Shopping Cart Soccer.
We’ve seen some odd variations of the beautiful game including Eisfussball, professional Shin Kicking and plenty more. There has even been a real life Rocket League. Now we have the brilliance of Shopping Cart Soccer, a game to ensure a safe distance between opponents and teammates.
The video was created by Team Rabenfront, a film team from the outskirts of Dresden, and pokes some fun at how soccer can still be safely played amid COVID-19. The thought does occur though, what if this was the way to play the game from here on out? Here's a list of the pros and cons of Shopping Cart Soccer, just in case the game becomes mainstream.
Using the shopping cart as part of the body.
Upper body strength and stamina would become an essential part of the game.
Obliterating opponent's shins with the shopping cart.
If the ball lands in your shopping cart, nobody can take the ball from you.
Have a teammate sit in your cart to be taller for headers.
You can go grocery shopping right after the game.
A stretcher for injured players is no longer needed, just load them into the cart.
Paying 25 cents for a cart before every game.
Someone decides to decimate your shins.
Less mobility for goalkeepers.
Risk of toes being flattened.
You might grab one of those awful shopping carts where three wheels work fine but the other one has a mind of its own and goes where it chooses.
Horrible people who don’t return their carts to the correct location after they’re done using them.
Overall it seems like a great sport and I don’t see how anything could go wrong.