How 1990s School Football Playgrounds Looked Like

Published By David Rossye, 11 Sep 2017

Have you ever wondered how football playgrounds looked like a few decades ago? Do you think football was always played the same way as it does now? The football playgrounds you now see are a result of revolutionary manufacturing. Since I belong to 1990s, I will be sharing with you my experiences of playing on old playgrounds and talk about the differences I found in playground structures now.

1.    Hard Pitches

Despite differences in outdoor playground equipment, the pitches aren’t also the same anymore. Back then, they were more a slab of concrete that if you fall there, you might die. The playground spaces weren’t given as much value as they are given now and were sold to the property developers. This is the reason why pitches were made so hard that property developers could make the most of them.

However, the good thing was it was very spacious around 10 meters wide and 100 meters long that made my experience fun every time I played.

2.    Lack of Goalposts

Well, to be honest, it was the most horrible experience I had as a kid. We had no goalposts so we had to make our own posts by bundling up our used coats. It was the hardest task I found and sometimes, I didn’t like to play football because of lack of a proper goalpost. And the funny thing was when kids used to bully each other in schools, they used to make the kid stand as a goalpost and hit the ball. Oh, God! It was so terrible!

3.    Ball with Holes

When I look back, I realize football was totally different then as it is now. You would laugh if I explain to you how our playground equipment looked like. The ball with which we played was called as “Air Flow” because air could flow from anywhere it like due to the presence of several holes in it. Its size was not more than that of a cricket ball’s and it was made out of cheap plastic. It used to be a two-colored ball in which two parts were glued together that got separated within an hour’s play.

A Brief History of Football Grounds

Thanks to the industrialization era that football grounds experienced a revolution and the structure changed entirely. Of course, what I am talking about is a layman’s playground, but even the professional ones didn’t look as fancy as they do now. Football has even seen a rental era in which other sports stadium were borrowed for football events somewhere between the 1870s. Football was new to the world, but it took no time in gaining popularity and the fame reached its zenith. Therefore, there was a dire need for playgrounds and borrowing was the only solution when there weren’t properly built football play areas.

Despite all the hard experiences I had, I smile today at the memories. Wouldn’t you like to give your kids something they can memorize later?