Football, or soccer to some, is no doubt the world’s most popular sport with the world cup amassing over half of the entire planet’s population as viewers. And of these people, a lot would bet on us that they’re a certified die-hard. Care to prove it?
We’ve listed down a few of the many football facts from our archives. If you’re the die-hard fan that you say you are, you need to know at least half from this list. Go on. It’s a dare.
- A traditional soccer ball has a total of 32 panels which represents each country in Europe, the continent where it was believed to have originated and where it has gained initial widespread acceptance. It’s also not a perfect sphere but the panels create the illusion of such.
- Earliest forms of the game got way out of hand easily. There were no rules, not even a definite set of players. At times, entire villages would play against each other with the goal of forcing the ball into the center square of the opponent. These often ended up in violence and chaos although murder and manslaughter were prohibited.
- Soccer came from the abbreviation of “association football”. But it’s the British that coined it and not the Americans contrary to popular belief. In 1880 England, people used to shorten words and then adding “er” to the end (e.g. brekkers for breakfast). “Assoc” eventually became “assocer” before it became “soccer”.
- The “Olympic goal” was coined after Cesareo Onzari of Argentina who was the first to score a goal directly from a corner kick in 1924 in a match against Uruguay.
- The first soccer balls were made of an inflated animal bladder, often that of a pig. They were sturdy enough for the game and were easy to source. However, they can get worn out after a single match and their irregularity in shape makes it hard to control. Eventually, a leather skin was made to protect it. It wasn’t until 1855 that rubber balls were possible thanks to Charles Goodyear. He discovered vulcanization, a method of treating rubber so it becomes more solid and durable.
- The highest score ever made in a soccer game was 149-0. It was an association football match in October of 2002 between AS Adema and SO l’Emyrne in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
So which of these football facts rang a bell?