Interesting Facts About Soccer
Soccer, known as football in almost every country except for United States and Canada, is the most popular sports all around the world. There are some countries where the game is worshipped and the players are considered as Gods. Here are some interesting facts about this fascinating game which we might be unaware of.
It is now officially recognized that soccer was originated in Britain since London Football association was the first to set rules for soccer. This happened in 1863.
The first live coverage of a soccer match which was shown on television happened in 1937 which was a match of Arsenal and it was played at the Highbury Stadium.
The highest number of red cards shown was in a match played between Sportivo Ameliano and General Caballero, which was played in Paraguay in 1993. 20 red cards were shown in that match.
ASEC Abidjan of Cote D’Ivoire is the single team that went unbeaten for 108 games in the time duration of 5 years. That is, from 1989 to 1994.
Except in 1930 and 1950, European teams have always reached the final of every World Cup.
In one of the most exciting matches in the history of soccer, Charlton Athletic came back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat Huddersfield Town 7-6 in 1957 with only 30 minutes remaining in the game.
The Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) was started in 2001. 8 teams participated in the league and in the finals Brandi Chastain’s Bay Area CyberRays won the inaugural championship over Atlanta. This league was disbanded in 2003.