It can be a source of wonderment seeing some footballers in their later years. Could this greying, slightly overweight figure really have flown down the wing with such grace? In Japan it’s possible to glimpse some of that former athleticism. The Tokyo Soccer for Life league is for players over 80. They include a former international, Mutsuhiko Nomura, now 83 – and a goalkeeper who’s ten years older than that. There are some concessions to age, however. For example, they only play 15 minutes per half, and if they are tired, they can be substituted any time they like.

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