is a game played in Latin America
with a tennis ball
. It originated in Colombia
, most likely in Bogotá
. The purpose of the game is to kick the ball between one of the other players legs, when this happens the other players chase this player and kick
him until he reaches a safe zone.
In other parts of America, variations of it are also played under different names, like "túnel" (Spanish for tunnel), "olé" or "hoyito patada" in Chile (Spanish for "hole kick").The game is also played with actual soccer ball or with anything onhand.
Origin of Name
The word cuca is slang in Latin America
. For this reason, it is commonly used in the soccer lexicon
to describe a ball rolling under a person, in between his/her legs. This expression has trancended the realm of soccer, now being used to describe this event in any sport.
Patada is Spanish
The Rules of the game differ from city to city, however the most common rules are:
- When you have been "cucad" you must run and reach a safe zone.
- Kicks above the waist are disencouraged.
- The purpose of the kicks are to hurt the running player, not just to scare him/her.
- You cannot step on the ball/bird (stepping on the bird might render it unusable and the players usually attempt to kill another bird to play with, usually by striking it with a tennis ball.)