Top 10 Football Facts

  1. Football originated in China around 476 B.C.  Football is the most played and most watched sport on earth.

  2. The largest Football tournament saw no less than 5,098 teams. They competed in 1999 for the second Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition. Over 35,000 players participated.

  3. Football players run an average of 9.65 kms during every game.

  4. The highest scoring game was clocked 149-0. Stade Olympique de L’emyrne, a team from Madagascar scored their own goals. They did it as a form of protest for the unfair decision by referee in the previous game.

  5. In 1964, a referee’s call during a football match in Peru caused a riot that killed over 300 people.

  6. Rio Mavuba was born in international waters. His birth certificate does not have a nation listed; it just says “Born at sea”.

  7. The North Korean World Cup soccer fans are actually hand-picked by the North Korean government. The fans are also made up of Chinese volunteers since North Koreans are not allowed to travel.

  8. Greenland can’t join FIFA because not enough grass grows there for a soccer field

  9. In 1998, during a soccer match in Congo, a lightning bolt struck the pitch and killed all 11 members of one team. The other team was left unscathed

  10. FC Barcelona, one of the biggest soccer teams in the world, has a “reverse sponsorship” agreement with UNICEF. The team wears the organization’s logo on their shirt while donating 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million) each year



  1. The maximum number of goals scored by one player in a single Football match was 16. It was scored by Stephan Stanis (France) playing for Racing Club de Lens in December 1942.

  2. Football goalies didn’t have to wear different coloured shirts from their teammates until 1913.

  3. The very first game of basketball was played with a soccer ball.

  4. More than 80% of the world’s footballs are manufactured in Pakistan.

  5. The first live coverage of a football match was shown on television in 1937. It was a practice match Arsenal played at Highbury stadium.

  6. German soccer player Mesut Ozil donated his €300,000 World Cup victory bonus to pay for surgeries for 23 children in Brazil

  7. The fastest red card in football/soccer history was 2 seconds. Lee Todd was sent off for foul language after he exclaimed “Fuck me that was loud” after the starting whistle.

  8. A Greek soccer player, Giorgos Katidis, was given a life ban for giving the Nazi salute after his winning goal during a league game.

  9. In 1969, El Salvador declared a war on Honduras after it lost a football match. The war was named as ‘Football War’, ‘Soccer War’ and ‘100 Hour War’

  10. London’s Kensington High Street traffic lights are the inspiration for the red and yellow cards used in today’s game. English referee and then FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Ken Aston was driving through central London thinking of ways to better illustrate a caution or sending off when the change of green to yellow to red of the lights gave him the idea.

  11. The difference in Messi’s age and Ronaldo’s age is 869 days, the same difference as between Messi’s son and Ronaldo’s son.

  12. Based on video evidence, one of the fastest ever scored was in 2.8 seconds by Ricardo Olivera (Uruguay) in December 1998.

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