I would like to thank soccer in general and the World Cup in particular. I hadn't slept so well in front of the TV in ages.
GEORGE MATEY, Toronto
When will we see an INSIDE SOCCER section in SI?
Cape Coral, Fla.
I'm a happy subscriber to your magazine, but I'm not a knowledgeable soccer fan. Something related to soccer must have triggered the remarkably funny picture of the Dutch players on pages 24 and 25 of the July 18 issue (Having a Ball). I hope you'll explain to us "American soccer dummies" what it was.
DOYNE E. MICHIE, Atlanta
?You are not alone in being puzzled. In soccer, when a player is fouled and his team earns a free kick, the opponents are allowed to line up in a "wall" 10 yards from the kicker, and the players in the wall are allowed to protect themselves without being called for use of their hands.—ED.