[OSM-talk] Soccer or football?

Dermot McNally dermotm at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 00:25:16 BST 2007

On 07/08/07, Darryl Shpak <darryl at shpak.ca> wrote:

> Given the existence of sport=soccer, I'm leaning towards the interpretation:
>     sport=soccer: A field for playing the game with two teams kicking a
> round, black-and-white ball (Association football)
>     sport=football: A field for playing the game with two teams carrying
> and throwing (and occasionally kicking) a brown oblong ball (American
> football and Canadian football)

I wouldn't assume that - I'd put it down to mapper preference.

> I'm assuming there's no confusion with "rugby football", which would be
> sport=rugby. I don't know where Australian football or Gaelic football
> would fit in.

The answer isn't satisfactory. These things vary by country, region
and even preference. In Ireland, "football" will refer either to
soccer, gaelic or possibly even rugby football, depending on the
preference of the speaker or the context.

Is there any reason why we can't have sport=football (a game played
with two teams where each team chases a ball according to one of a
number of rulesets), code=soccer or some such thing? Renderers can
then have a generic icon that can be overridden at will.

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