Besides being one of the most popular sports in the world, soccer is a social fact, much more than a game, much more than a competition. In today’s article, Evolution Soccer Academy shares five interesting little-known tidbits about this sport, data that you probably did not know, curiosities that will surprise you.
Soccer Fun Facts
- The word “soccer“ was invented by the British in the middle of the 19th century. To simplify The Rugby Football, the islanders used “rugger,” then with The Football Association, the term “soccer” was widely used by the British in the first half of the twentieth century and discarded by them after the Second World War. It is believed that the term was adopted thanks to the coexistence they had with British troops during the second great war.
- The NASL (North American Soccer League) was the most important league in the United States and Canada from 1968 to 1984. The league became famous since at the end of the 70s it hired legends like Pelé, Cruyff, and Beckenbauer: they also counted on the mythical teams New York Cosmos and Los Angeles Aztecs, this last property of Elton John and with George Best as part of their ranks.
- Soccer was illegal in the state of Mississippi until 1991.
- Official FIFA records indicate that Massachusetts-born and a Newark Americans player at the time, Bertram Patenaude, was the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup; it was Uruguay’s 1930.
- The United States has four official leagues: Major League Soccer (MLS), North American Soccer League (NASL, second division), United Soccer League (Third division) and US Premier Development League (Fourth Division). The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup brings the four divisions together in a single tournament, something similar to the Copa del Rey or FA Cup. The Lamar Hunt is the oldest tournament, and has been held since 1914; currently, the teams that won that trophy the most times are the Chicago Fire and the Seattle Sounders with four titles in their showcases.
We hope you have discovered new curiosities about soccer.
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