Forget the European Championships. Far more exciting and entertaining was the footy being played in Strachur on the Cowal peninsula in Scotland over the weekend.
Three playing areas, slightly larger than a five-a-side pitch, were marked out across the swamp using little more than white tape. On the sidelines, a ragtag collection of men and women comprising the 42 wannabe cup-winning teams, from around the world.
The rules are similar to regular football, with a few key exceptions. There’s no offside, no definite penalty box and while each team consists of six players, unlimited substitutions can be made at any time during the 24 minutes playing time.
Brilliant to watch, as the presence of numerous film crew and minor celebrities would confirm, but incredibly exhausting to play. Imagine playing soccer in quick sand with your shoelaces tied together, and you could be halfway there!