Ten entertaining facts about soccer
- The game soccer was founded by prisoners in London´s famous Newgate prison in the early 1800s. The prisoners had their hands cut off because of crimes of theft. Therefore, they invented a game, where only the feets were needed.
- Known as „soccer“ in the U.S. and as „football“ in the rest of the world, the game originally was called „basket-ball“. The first goals were overturned wicker baskets.
- Brazilian soccer legend Pelé actually is named Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He took the nickname Pelé due to his six toes on each foot. Good to know: Pelé means „six feet“.
- 1919 – 1921: The first American professional soccer league, the USSA took place. Players were paid 35-cents for every goal.
- The original World Cup consisted of papier- mâché. It has been replaced after heavy rains at the 1950 World Cup.
- Soccer balls have a slight oval-shape. The checkered board pattern create a visual illusion of a perfect shape.
- In an average soccer game, a professional player runs up to 13 kilometers.
- Soccer was illegal in Mississippi until 1991.
- 1994 – 1998: The English Premier League had red, yellow and teal cards. The teal card was used for possible fouls that needed to be reviewed by instant replay.
- Due to a U.S. study a soccer player just can tolerate 1550 headers. Otherwise, they are endangered to face a concussion.
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