Interesting Facts about Soccer:
Soccer players run an average of six miles during every game.
The very first game of basketball was played with a soccer ball.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world with over 265 million soccer players in the world (FIFA as of 2006).
Over one billion fans watch World Cup Soccer on television.
India withdrew from the World Cup in 1950 because they weren’t allowed to play barefoot.
For the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 200 teams played a total of 853 matches as 31 teams qualified for South Africa.
Soccer facts reveal that only the United States and Canada actually call it “soccer.” Everyone else calls it football.
Over 40 million watched on TV as the U.S. Women’s Team won the World Cup in 1999.
In 1999, Over 35,000 fans competed in the largest soccer tournament ever in Bangkok.
There are 1000 activity changes in every soccer match.
The first soccer games may have originated in China.
The first black soccer player was Arthur Wharton in the 1800s.
Historical Soccer facts indicate The World's First Football Club was the English Sheffield Football Club, founded in 1857.
Pele was the first to call soccer “the beautiful game.”
The Soccer World Cup is played every four years.
The fewest number of fans to watch a World Cup soccer game was the 300 in Uruguay in 1930.
The most soccer fans to watch a World Cup soccer games were 119,850 in Brazil in 1950.
The most World Cups have been won by Brazil---5.
Every year except for two (1930 and 1950) European Teams have reached every World Cup final.
Spain is ranked 1st in the World and USA is ranked 13th.
*Information courtesy of:soccer-coach.com and other sources
Total Youths Playing Soccer (in 1000's)
1. US Soccer Federation (USA) 3,907
2. Deutscher Fussball-Bund (GER) 2,082
3. Confederaçao Brasileira de Futebol (BRA) 1,347
4. South African Football Association (RSA) 1,300
5. Fédération Française de Football (FRA) 1,034
6. The Football Association (ENG) 820
7. The Canadian Soccer Association (CAN) 716
8. Football Federation of Ukraine (UKR) 659
9. Japan Football Association (JPN) 629 10. Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (ITA) 557
*Source: FIFA Magazine
Why is soccer better than football, basketball and Baseball?
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world with over 265 million soccer players worldwide and over one billion world cup TV viewers.
Soccer has more fans worldwide than any other sport.
Soccer players don't need to spend large amounts of money on equipment.
4. Fluid Play
Football, basketball and baseball are a stop-start game with frequent pauses between plays. Soccer is more fluid.
5. Easy to Learn
It doesn't take long to learn the basics of soccer. The rules are straightforward and easily defined.
6. Physical Requirements
Athleticism and fitness are important, but you don't need to be physically imposing to play soccer.
7. Olympic Sport
Soccer has been a regular feature of the Olympics since 1900.
8. Global Reach
Soccer is like an international language that crosses cultural barriers. Whether you are in Brazil, Burundi, Belgium or Bangkok, you find people with a common interest in soccer.
9. International Competition
Soccer provides more opportunities to compete internationally. You can represent national team against all other nations on the planet.
*Courtesy of livestrong.com