Perhaps soccer’s wide global appeal is due to its accessibility and simplicity. All you need to get a game going is a ball, a few posts, an understanding of the simple rules (bar the offside rule, which is not simple) and an open and (hopefully) flat surface to play on.
By snapping up pitches from around the globe in his series Goals Around the World, German photographer Franz Sußbauer has gone to some lengths to prove that football is indeed the world game. We’re not talking grandiose stadiums, but rather humble pitches from small towns in Oman (top left), Norway (bottom left), Myanmar and urban grounds in Germany and South Korea.
Although some resemble dust bowls and quagmires more than they do traditional soccer grounds, there’s no mistaking the beauty of their surrounds. And as Sußbauer says over on Photocircle: “origin, colour, social position – it's all unimportant in the game." So maybe playing surfaces matters even less?