PHOTOS Underwater soccer game kicks off in China's Shandong Province

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Underwater soccer game kicks off in China's Shandong Province

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22:02, June 14, 2018

To celebrate the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, animals and divers competed in a special underwater soccer game at an ocean park in east China’s Shandong Province on Thursday. /VCG Photo

Passing the ball is no easy task for the divers, who have to overcome water’s resistance while controlling the floating ball. /VCG Photo

Sharks and rays curiously swam around the soccer ball and even attempted a few headers. /VCG Photo

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will officially kick off on Thursday in Russia. An opening ceremony will be held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, followed by the curtain-raising first game between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia. /VCG Phtoo

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