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Short games

Postby algy » 07 Apr 2018, 14:32

What's the shortest practical time for a game of Subbuteo?

I've not seen any examples of less than 10mins each way being played, but is a a form of "speed subbuteo" possible with (say) 7.5min each way? Could you fit a whole game in, including changing ends, in 15 minutes with any hope of getting something other than a 0-0 in most cases?

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Re: Short games

Postby krama » 08 Apr 2018, 16:23

Ten mins each way is what Ive always played, but as you say anything less could be goalless.

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Re: Short games

Postby BlackpoolRock » 09 Apr 2018, 21:06

My present solo games are 15 mins each half, and are played to a combination of the Advanced Rules, and some from even further back, although I never use a keeper on wire or rod.

Many years ago I tried a league of 15 minute matches, no half-time, and played to the elementary rules. I recall getting fairly realistic scores, but didn't really enjoy it, as I thought that when an attack played well, there was nothing the defence could do. It got through the matches more quickly, though.

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Re: Short games

Postby algy » 09 Apr 2018, 22:19

I suppose where I'm heading with this is:

Say you were to put on a Subbuteo tournament in a 'public' place (e.g. a shopping centre, non-league football ground). How would you do it so that people (within reason) could just turn up and play? My thinking is that:

- you'd need to be able to run an entire, meaningful competition, from start to finish, in no more than 2 hours
- everyone would need to use some standard type of equipment
- it'd need to be reasonably good fun for someone who'd barely played the game
- you'd have to expect most games to be between two players who'd never played
- it would be nigh-impossible to find a suitable referee for every match

So, timing. If you could play a meaningful game in <15mins, then you could play a final during a half time break in a real football match (whether it's on the telly, or at the actual ground). How do you do that, and it still be recognisable as 'football'?

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Re: Short games

Postby lionofludesch » 14 Apr 2018, 16:44

Half time wastes time.

If you're looking to put on some sort of exhibition, just play one way.
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