Castel Rigone, Weeks 11-12: Put Your Boots and Courage On

Re-blogging from Shades of Umbria, 21 Nov. 2013. This is the 8th in a series of posts on the ethics of competition in soccer, focusing on Castel Rigone Calcio, and part of the ‘Ethics of Combat‘ category on quemdixerechaos. This blog series completes a DePauw University Faculty Fellowship that examines how and why rules and customs develop for, and in, combat and competition.

Shades of Umbria

In each of their last two matches, Castel Rigone has had a player dismissed from the game for accumulating two yellow cards. Within the club philosophy of fair play, they certainly don’t shy from physical play. After 12 weeks, they are in 12th place, just inside the play-out zone. Video highlights for both games can be found at the end of this post.

Sunday, Nov. 10 saw a 1-0 loss to Ischia Isola Verde, a game in which Castel Rigone seems often to have been under siege. Castel Rigone would have equalized in added time, but Bianco’s freekick goal was disallowed, as three teammates were behind the Ischia defense and in an offside position at the time he struck the ball (whether they were ‘actively involved in play’ is an aspect of the offside rule that often invites argument; it currently states a player is offside if…

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