• Get an adrenaline rush playing soccer in Scotland this summer

    2012-03-12

    Women who want to combine their tomboy spirit and their love of travel are in luck, for Scotland is hosting an unusual event that encourages locals and visitors to participate in a mucky tradition. The Swamp Soccer World Cup takes place in June every year and encourages teams to get down and dirty in the Scottish highlands.

    This tournament will be in its seventh consecutive year, allowing those who love the sport of soccer to play against other skillful teams in muddy fields, which can make the whole game more fun. Men and women are both encouraged to be a part of the contest on same-sex or mixed teams of six players each, according to the official swamp soccer website.

    The competition is played according to traditional soccer rules, where two teams use only their feet to maneuver a ball into the opposing team's goal. However, the muddy playing field could pose a challenge to the players to make the game even more thrilling. All of the matches will be about 25 minutes long and get progressively muddier as the tournament goes on, some of which may even get on the spectators.

    It is one thing to see a professional soccer match while abroad, but it can be a whole new experience to actually play against international soccer fans surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Scotland. Travellers planning their Europe travel excursions this summer may want to look into attending the Swamp Soccer World Cup during their trip.

    Those in Inverness for the games are in luck, as the region has plenty of other things to see and do. According to the city's tourism website, visitors should first make a stop at Inverness Castle. This structure was created in the mid 1800s, taking the place of an old defense building that was on the same foundation. The grounds are open to the public during the day so travelers can learn about the castle's history and admire its architecture.

    Guests to this area may want to check out the city's music festival, called Rockness, which also takes place in June. Held on the shores of Loch Ness lake, this year's lineup includes acts like Mumford & Sons, Metronomy and Deadmau5. Inverness truly has something for guests who choose to venture there for an exciting summer vacation. 

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