Swamp football

Form of association football played in bogs or swamps
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Swamp football

Swamp football (sometimes called Swamp soccer,[1] and Suopotkupallo in Finnish) is a form of association football that is played in bogs or swamps. The sport originated in Finland, where it initially was used as an exercise for athletes and soldiers due to the strength needed to move through a bog. Swamp football is especially popular in the Kainuu region. The swamp football world championship is held annually at Hyrynsalmi, Kainuu.[2] The first organized championship was the 1998 Finnish championship and was the brainchild of Jyrki Väänänen nicknamed "The Swamp Baron". There are currently an estimated 300 swamp football teams around the world.

The officially recognized global body for Swamp Football is Swamp Soccer UK Ltd, based in Scotland. Swamp Soccer UK's mission is to introduce the sport to other countries, primarily by organizing the Swamp Soccer World Cup. From 2011 to 2015, official tournaments have been launched in China (Beijing), Turkey (Istanbul) and India (Mumbai), led by Stewart Miller.

Swamp football in the UK

Swamp Soccer in the UK was managed by Swamp Soccer UK Ltd, headed by Stewart Miller.

The annual tournament ran from 2004 to 2015. At its peak, when FRijj (Muller) was the title sponsor, the event attracted over 100 teams from 25 countries. Other event sponsors have included Ardbeg (part of LVMH group), Springbank Distillery, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, SealSkinz, and many others

The World Cup event in Scotland attracted global media coverage.

The world cup event was moved to Istanbul in Turkey in 2016

Stewart Miller now organizes exhibition games for brands, television programs and key intermediaries.


The standard football rules have been modified significantly to suit the more demanding sport:


  1. ^ "Home". swampsoccer.co.uk.
  2. ^ Info about the event. Ukkohalla. Referenced on July 6, 2021 (in Finnish) 3. (How to play swamp football). https://discoverthegames.com/its-about-mud-fun-and-football-in-the-swamps-of-finland/

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