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


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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Soccer was illegal in Mississippi until 1991.