5 Quick Things For People Who Don’t Understand Soccer

Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What are some things a person must know about soccer before he starts watching FIFA or club football for the first time? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread. Thank you to the team at Quora for making this happen!

1. Goals are difficult to score (despite the large net)

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Great saves by goalkeepers in the last 50 years.

2. An attacking move may start well before the ball is near the goal

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This two-minute video of Spain in 2011 creating holes in Scotland defense with crisp passing.

3. Players dive (acting)

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Sometimes falling down a little too easily is okay to signal to the referee (who may be out of position) you were fouled is acceptable, but intentionally trying to trick the referee is going too far.

4. Penalty shoot-outs are the most dramatic moment in sports


Video of Italy vs France in 2006 World Cup Final.

5. Players are fit

There are only three substitutes allowed per team per game (some players may run over 9 miles in a game). Thought Catalog Logo Mark

This comment was originally posted at Quora.

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