10 Amazing Soccer Facts Most American Sports Fans Don’t Know

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Although soccer is the world sport, it's not very popular in the U.S. These are some interesting facts that you might not know.


1
149 - 0 is the highest score ever made in a Soccer game.

2
After the whistle to start the game, soccer player Lee Todd said "F*ck me, that was loud" and received the fastest red card in history: 2 seconds.

3
The city of Lusail, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final game, does not exist yet.

4
More than 1 in 20 soccer injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch.

5
When the World Cup was hosted in the U.S. in 1994, they only spent US $30 million on infrastructure improvements. For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil spent US $11 billion.

6
In 1969, El Salvador waged war on Honduras after a loss in a soccer match.

7
In 1967, the Nigerian Civil War ground to a halt for two days because both sides wanted to watch soccer player Pele in an exhibition match.

8
Known as “soccer” in the United States, the sport is known as “football” elsewhere. But the game’s original name was actually “basket-ball” because the first goals were overturned wicker baskets.

9
Queen Elizabeth II was a natural athlete and, dressed in disguise, was a frequent participant in pickup up soccer matches near Buckingham Palace in her teenage years in the late 1930s and early ’40s.

10
Soccer was illegal in Mississippi until 1991.