There's far more to it than most soccer fans give it credit for
In fairness, that wouldn't be difficult
Soccer is not meant to be a strategic game, it's a game about ball control and manipulation skills. I rank it and hurling as the top 2 individual skill field games. There are of course strategies in both games, but they're secondary to ball skill.
It can also be punted and kicked various ways
Most of what you describe can be done in most ball games, heck even in snooker
I would guess at least 10 of the 12 minutes action in an American football game is by the 2 non-kicking teams on each side, and only max 10 seconds of each kicking play is actual 'foot' ball.
It's a whole lot more than just a constant back and forth
Hmm, I would say the opposite, ie that it's a whole lot less
. A while back I researched the actual amount of play time v TV watching time for 3 sports:
American football—12m for 180m viewing [15m to see 1m];
Rugby—35m for 105m [3m to see 1m];
Soccer—55m for 115m [2m to see 1m].
That's one reason I stopped watching American football—3 hours is too much time to invest to see 12 minutes of on-field action. I remember one article claiming there are more ads than plays—dunno if true.
Soccer is also a more complete test of player ability. 11 guys plus 1 sub play the whole game, attack, defense, build-up, set pieces etc. Not only that, they play for 50m, compared to 5m for an American football player.
So yah, there's a whole lot more
going on in most field games.
Arron Rodgers often catches defenses off guard with a too many players on the field penalty by calling a quick play while they're substituting
That's another reason I stopped watching, the gamesmanship and time-wasting tactics employed—it's just my thing that such has no place in sport. I played a few different sports as a kid, and such as you describe just wouldn't fly in any of them, not would the whole final 2-minute shenanigans be tolerated.
I remember him with Spurs & Borussia! He was indeed very good.
, look at us all discussing football games! You must be pleased