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Spongee is an outdoor winter team sport, played on an ice rink, between two teams with six players on each team. The sport originated from Ice Hockey, with an intent to enable players who were not good at skating to play hockey. Later, several modifications were adopted to make spongee a unique sport.   Winnipeg in Canada, where spongee originated, is currently the only place where the sport is played. The city has several spongee leagues with a few thousands of players. The objective of the sport is similar to that of Ice Hockey, where teams try to score as many goals as possible within a fixed time duration. But that's where the similarity ends. Some of the major changes from hockey are: Players were rubber boots and not skates A sponge puck is used instead of a hard puck Unlike hockey; spongee is a non-contact sport A match is played  for two 20 minute halves Matches are played outdoors Players, except goalies, do not wear any protective gear like helmets or pads Spongee is considered as an underground sport in mainstream society, and was subject to criticism when a documentary, "Spongee: Checks Lies and Videotape", about a controversy was aired.



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