The beautiful game

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In the sand, on a field, in a quarry or on a modern pitch – if you’re passionate about soccer, you can play it anywhere. Our photo series has some wonderful examples. Enjoy the visual tour!

© Levon Biss

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAzil

Keeping the ball in the air while balancing a stack of sun beds is a real test of skill here on Copacabana Beach


 

© Levon Biss

ULUWATU, INDONESIA

In the southern part of Bali, quarry workers finish their workday with a little three-a-side


 

© Leidorf.de

LANDSHUT, GERMANY

Those spectators are really corn stalks: This pitch was cut into the middle of cornfield


 

© Anne-Kathrin Pries/Chromorange/alamy

PARIS, FRANCE

Soccer brings cultures together, as these players in central Paris demonstrate


 

© Brieke Depoorter

CHAGUARAMAS, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Half-time refresh­ment is just a few steps away here at Macqueripe Beach on Trinidad’s northern coast


 

© Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos/Agentur Focus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

Playing under a hot sun, the Al Mafoot MC amateurs stay cool in loose, light-colored garments


 

© Jean-Christophe Bott/dpa Picture-Alliance

MANDALAY, MYANMAR

Strong defense: Youngsters kick the ball around outside a Buddhist pagoda


 

© Levon Biss

GSPON, SWITZERLAND

Europe’s highest-altitude soccer pitch (2008 meters) is only accessible by cable car. If the game is too boring, spectators can always enjoy the Alpine view


 

© Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan

DHAKA, BANGLADESH

Yay, school’s out! But how do you assess the flight of the ball when clouds of sand are obscuring your vision?


 

© Hans van der Meer/Hollandse Hoogte/laif

KNIPPLA, SWEDEN

It can take a while to find the ball if a penalty shot goes wide, so 30 minutes of additional time are always given here


 

© Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

TZANEEN, SOUTH AFRICA

Look at that technique! The “grannies” in Nkowankowa Township train twice a week


 

Knowledge for playmakers

A standard pitch is 105 meters long and 68 meters wide.

On professional pitches, greenkeepers are tasked with keeping the grass between 28 and 30 millimeters tall.

An official-size soccer goal is 2.44 meters high and 7.32 meters wide.