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The Swamp Soccer World Cup

16 July 2012 / All photos: © ANP /

The Swamp Soccer World Championship is held every year at Hyrynsalmi during the summer. It's like regular football, only swampier.

Each team consists six players, and there has to be at least one woman from each team on the muddy pitch throughout the course of the game. The playing field is 25m long and 15m wide. There is no off-side rule or penalty line, and each team can have an unlimited number of substitutes. Each game is thirty minutes in length consisting of two twelve-minute periods separated by a six-minute half-time break

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Young men battle it out in the mud during a qualification match for the Swamp Soccer World Championships 2012

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Two players in action during a match at the Swamp Soccer World Championships in Hyrynsalmi

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A photo made available on 16 July 2012 shows Telinekataja (oranges) and last year's winner FC Lerssi (whites) in action during the Swamp Soccer Championships 2012, in Hyrynsalmi, Finland

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A photo made available on 16 July 2012 shows a player in action during the Swamp Soccer Championships 2012, in Hyrynsalmi, Finland

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Players in action during the Swamp Soccer Championships 2012, in Hyrynsalmi, Finland

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A photo made available on 16 July 2012 shows the manager of one of the losing teams at the Swamp Soccer Championships 2012

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Sweden's Women's Team celebrates after winning the women's final match at the World Swamp Soccer Championships

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A player of the Sverige Women's Team (R) vies for the ball with Ristijärven Rimmit (L) during the women's final match at the World Swamp Soccer Championships

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A player reacts after falling down in the mud at a match of swamp soccer during the Swamp Soccer China 2012, held outside the National Stadium, better known as the Birds Nest,

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A player washes mud off her face at a match of swamp soccer during the Swamp Soccer China 2012

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Players in action during a match of the 2nd Polish Swamp Soccer Championship in Krasnobrod, Poland,

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Players in action during a match of the 2nd Polish Swamp Soccer Championship in Krasnobrod, Poland

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A goalkeeper helps a teammate that is stuck in the mud during a match of the Swamp Soccer World Championships in Hyrynsalmi, Finland

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A close up of a woman's face covered in mud at the end a match of swamp soccer outside the National Stadium (better known as the Birds Nest) in Beijing

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Goalkeeper at work in the Swamp Soccer World Championships

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A player (3-R) in sauna during the Swamp Soccer Championships 2012, in Hyrynsalmi, Finland