1. The good old days of soccer
More than 240 million people around the world play soccer regularly according to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The game has evolved from the sport of kicking a rudimentary animal-hide ball around into the World Cup sport it is today. Football originated in China around 476 B.C. Greece, Rome, and parts of Central America also said to have started the sport; but it was England that transitioned soccer, or what the British and many other people around the world call “football,” into the game we know today. The English are credited with recording the first uniform rules for the sport, including forbidding tripping opponents and touching the ball with hands.
2.Soccer is known as “football” everywhere except in the United States.
An English name, it does not actually refer to the fact that you play with your feet, but that it is a game played on one’s feet, rather than on horseback.Soccer in the United States is governed by the United States Soccer Federation.The organization governs most levels of soccer in the country, including the national teams, professional leagues, and the amateur game with the exception of colleges and high schools. As of May 2015, over 24.4 million people play soccer in the United States.
3. Unreal shape of soccer ball
The spherical shape of a soccer ball is an optical illusion created by the pattern; they are slightly oval.At first glance, soccer balls appear to be perfectly spherical or round in shape. However, one has to look very close to ascertain the roundness of the ball. There are several reasons why soccer balls are not perfectly round in their shape. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa, the ball that was used was the ’roundest’ ball ever used in the history of FIFA World Cups. Needless to say, it made a definite difference, some of which were not desirable to many teams.
4. Brazilians refer to soccer as the “jogo bonito” or “beautiful game.”
The Beautiful Game is a nickname for association ball popular within media and advertising though rarely used by fans, which was popularized by the Brazilian professional footballer Pele.
5. Soccer is the most profitable sport in the world
Any sport which will prosper in The United States will be considered as the most profitable. Currently Football which is the No 1 sport has been getting inputs from Billionaires which makes it the most expensive sport. Star players like Messi Ronaldo Neymar are earning much more than the star players in former decades used to. The market inflation has been brought by very expensive transfers and the world support where Manchester United has most of the fans.
6. FIFA created the World Cup
One of the main reasons FIFA created the World Cup was that the Olympics did not allow professional soccer players to compete, meaning that the most talented players would not be able to participate.The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world, as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympics; the cumulative viewership of all matches of the 2006 world cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match a ninth of the entire population of the planet.
7.More than 80% of the world’s footballs are manufactured in Pakistan
Many companies throughout the world produce footballs. The earliest balls were made by local suppliers where the game was played. It is estimated that 55% of all footballs are made in Sialkot , Pakistan, with other major producers being China and India.
8.Football is the most played and most watched sport on earth.
Association football, or soccer, is the most popular sport in the world. It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population consider themselves to be association football (soccer) fans. The sport enjoys an estimated 4.0 billion person following, and a global sphere of influence. Ancient soccer has been traced to China, as early as the 2nd Century.
9. Football players run an average of 9.65 km during every game.
Obviously, there is some variation depending on the position they play—midfielders run the most; the goalie not so much—but it’s not uncommon for a player to average seven miles per game. Seven! SportVU has tracked players running as much as 9.5 miles in a game
10. Football Was Once The National Game Of India
The history of football in India is a long and detailed one, as it was the national sport at one time. The impetus for this was to unify the Indian Army. There is evidence for refereed team football games being played in the Indian Army since at least 1949.