High-contact sports, such as football, were once considered off-limits to the elderly due to the risk of injury.
In Japan, the game of soccer for the over 60s is all the rage
In Japan, people aged 65 and over represent almost a third of the country’s population.
More active and relatively healthy older adults are taking to the soccer field.
“For an aging society, it’s a good example of what people can still do,” says Yutaka Ito, general secretary of Soccer For Life.
It is an organization responsible for creating senior soccer leagues in Tokyo, where the minimum age is 60 and where 80-year-olds also participate.
At 93, former race car designer and Ice Bear goalkeeper Shingo Shiozawa is the oldest man on the field. .
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