‘World Cup’ in the field

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As football fans worldwide eagerly await the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this month, H’Mong people in a mountainous commune in northern Vietnam have already started their own tournament in dry terraced paddy fields, before a new season begins.
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Located on Khau Pha mountain pass in Mu Cang Chai District, De Xu Phinh Commune is one of three localities that boast terraced paddy fields recognized as national heritage sites in Yen Bai.

The commune attracts many tourists in September and October during harvest season, or in June when rains flood the fields, softening their soil in preparation for a new season. Before the rains come, however, local people turn dried rice fields into football stadiums.
A boy walks on a path leading to a “stadium.” A brief spell of showers at the beginning of June can't stop locals from playing their favorite sport.
A full view of De Xu Phinh’s “football stadium,” which is located on a big hill. Audiences sit or stand on higher fields.
No uniforms required.
Players of all ages vie for the ball.
Audiences include children and old people.
Housewives are also big fans.

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