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Blitzball is a fictitious, vaguely rugby-like sport played by characters in two games of the Final Fantasy video game series, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. It is heavily based on the Captain Tsubasa video game series. It is an underwater game, played in a large sphere of water. In the interest of sportsman-like conduct, even races of Spira who might normally not get along with each other are allowed to compete. It is Spira's favorite sport, allowing fans to take their minds off the ever present threat of Sin, and the only mainstream form of entertainment. Interestingly, many teams seem to be co-ed. Two of the game's main characters, Tidus and Wakka, are skilled blitzball players.
Teams are made up of six players a side, of whom one is the goalkeeper. The players swim around, throwing a dimpled ball called the Blitzball to each other in order to throw it into the opponent's goal area, thus scoring a goal. The team with the most goals after two five-minute halves is declared the winner. Also, if a team leads the game by seven goals at any point, they automatically win. As your players advance through the ranks they learn many new tricks to improve both their offensive and defensive skills.
How exactly the teams manage to hold their breath for such long periods of time is a source of either amusement or confusion among players. Though never stated in the game, it is probable that this ability is the result of serious training on the part of the players, much in the same way that marathon runners train their bodies to be able to run for long distances. In Eternal Calm, a short film set two years after the conclusion of Final Fantasy X, Yuna notes that after much practice and training from Wakka, she is able to hold her breath for over two minutes.
Blitzball was also a game that the fictional character Finny created in A Separate Peace. This game is also fimiliar to rugby. The ball used in this game is a medicine ball, and the objective is to get from the watchtower to the river without losing possesion of the ball. In the book however, the rules are not clearly explained.
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