10 Interesting Soccer Facts

Sunday, October 6th 2013. | Sports

Soccer facts below inform you with one of the oldest popular sports in the world. People like to watch soccer. With the famous players around the world, it makes people aware with the big competition. Most European countries like to play soccer. Let’s find out more on facts about soccer:

Soccer Facts 1: Newgate Prison

Newgate Prison is the birthplace of soccer. It was located in London. It was in 1800s that many prisoners played sport with their hand cuffed.  Then the sport spreads around the world.

Soccer Facts 2: Panels

If you look at the traditional soccer ball, you can see 32 panels. One panel is used to mark each country in European continent.

Soccer and Kids

Soccer and Kids

Soccer Facts 3: Pelé

Pelé is a soccer legend coming from Brazil. He was born with the name Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He used the name Pele meaning six feet because he had six toes. The name is derived from Portuguese word.

Soccer Facts 4: USSA

USSA is the first American professional soccer league.  Each goal made by the player in 1919 to 1921 was priced 35 cents.

Soccer facts

Soccer facts

Soccer Facts 5: World Cup

World Cup is a big hype around the world. Actually papier-mâché was used to create world cup in the past.  Since 1950, it was replaced because of the heavy rain.

Soccer Facts 6: Shape of Ball

The shape of soccer ball actually is oval. It looks like a sphere because of the illusion of checkerboard pattern on it.

Soccer Game

Soccer Game

Soccer Facts 7: Aerosol Spray

Aerosol spray is used by most medical staffs during the game. The spray actually is only an air freshener. It can be used to reduce the smell of dirt and sweet of soccer player.

Soccer Facts 8: A Soccer Ball

Many third world countries in the world like soccer. Most of them cannot afford to buy soccer. As alternative they make a soccer ball made from disposable diapers and rags.

Soccer match

Soccer match

Soccer Facts 9: Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II likes soccer. In 1930s and 1940s, she dressed like a soccer athlete.

Soccer Facts 10: A Professional Soccer Player

In average the professional soccer players have to run for about 3.9 miles or 48 kilometer.



English Premier League had a new rule from 1994 to 1998.  It has red, yellow and teal card.  The possible fouls made by the players can be reviewed based on the instant replay by using teal card. Soccer is used as the national sport in Canada. There are many famous soccer players in the world such as David Beckham, Ronaldo, Messi, and many more. Do you want to comment on facts about soccer?

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