25 Most Insane Sporting Events From Around the World

Posted by on January 14, 2013

Who does not know basketball, American football, soccer, or baseball? These kinds of sports are so famous in the world that most countries follow them, in spite of these sports not being their own. But when you talk of local sports you may be surprised as to how creative people can be when it comes to thinking of athletic ways to pass the time. Some may be taken as an adaptation of famous sports, while others may be ridiculously original.  Without further ado, here are the 25 most insane sporting events from around the world.


Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

Once a year, people living in the Cotswolds region of England hold a racing event that involves rolling a Double Gloucester cheese from the top of Cooper’s Hill and a crowd of people racing down to see who will catch the cheese first. The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is now so famous all over the world that there are also foreign competitors and spectators that join in on the fun.



Have you ever imagined what a combination of baseball, soccer, and hockey would look like? If you do not have much of an idea, then seeing how people play Hurling in Ireland would be the perfect description. They play wearing soccer clothes and shoes, a helmet, and fight over a baseball with wooden hockey stick-like objects. The goal of the game is to hit the ball as fast and as high as possible until it reaches the enemy goal.



In Finland, there is an obstacle course game where men have to carry their wives on their shoulders, with the head at the back and the feet at front, while running on a 250-meter track with two hurdle jumps and a shallow pool.



The national sport of Afghanistan, it involves competitors riding atop a horse with the objective of getting a dead goat from other players and having it land on a circular goal line. It could be taken as a game of polo without the sticks and balls, but as fierce as American football with all the violence of kicking, bashing, and sometimes even shooting.


Eton Wall Game

There is one game in Eton College in England that has been exclusively played for over 300 years now. It may look like rugby or football to some, but it is a totally different game as it involves a wall being the main field. Players of both teams must pile up in order to fight over the ball. You will only be able to score if you are near enough on one end of the wall and you could kick the ball to anything that resembles a goal, such as a door or a tree. The Eton Wall Game is not that simple as it sounds, especially when you become aware that the last score was made back in 1909.