This article is a modified version of one chapter of my doctorate thesis, called Do dom à profissão: uma etnografia do futebol de espetáculo a partir da formação de jogadores no Brasil e na França. I start from the presupposition that there is a diversity of forms of practicing and signifying the soccer and that there are important differences between them. In the first part I demonstrate the four matrixes of soccer - bricolada, espetacularizada, comunitária e escolar - and show how the social sciences reproduce, until the present, the hegemonic vision, turning almost entirely to the spectacular soccer - undertaked by the media and controlled by FIFA. In the second part I develop arguments for the comprehension of the games as social configurations. The objective is to emphasize the importance of meaning of the body techniques in the game situations, condition for the understanding of the direction in which the spectacle soccer esthetics has been developed. The expectation is that this article also contributes to a comprehension of the sports esthetics in a wider perspective.