Mario Smash Football (also known as Super Mario Strikers in North America and Japan) is Mario's first ever soccer game, for the Nintendo GameCube. The game features a version of soccer without referees and rules, and has Power-Ups and special strikes which count as two goals.
In the original Mario Smash Football tournaments, teams of Birdos allied themselves with certain high-profile captains and helped them achieve victory. When compared to the other species involved, these girls were the most aggressive, scoring the hard hits against opponents necessary in the sport. The events were also a huge draw for Birdo spectators.