Question: A group of youth from the students of knowledge who are eager [in seeking knowledge] gather every week and play soccer after isha. Is there any shortcoming or blame in thier action?
Answer: “By Allah as long as they are eager, serious, and hardworking, then let them make all their affairs serious. Let them not make a share for amusement and game because it is possible this duration drag on, generate, and widen until the games dominate over the seriousness. So a person should accustom himself upon seriousness and not games”..
[Sharh Sunan Nasaai no. 519]
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan