If you’ve spent any time in the world of soccer, you’ve likely heard your share of myths and misconceptions along the way—some of them more outrageous than others! Below, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest soccer myths and the truths behind them.
Soccer isn’t for Americans
Because of its European origins, we understand why many people think soccer is not—and never will be—a sport for American participation and viewership. While mainstream sports here lean more toward football, baseball and basketball, however, we know that soccer still has a place here in the US! States have their own clubs, for example, and it’s hard to walk into a sports bar on an international game day without running into a crowd of fans donning their team colors.
So while it may take some time for soccer to grow here in the US, it’s clear that this internationally beloved game counts for something stateside!
It’s okay to chow down on anything after a game
When it comes to nutrition, most soccer players know the importance of healthy eating, especially in the hours leading up to a game. However, it’s all too easy to opt for a delicious—though perhaps unhealthy—meal following a successful day on the field. In the time following a game, it’s important to recharge your body with the right mix of proteins and carbohydrates (which, fortunately, covers a large variety of tasty meals!).
If you’re still looking for a special way to “splurge” and reward yourself after a game, opt for other experiences—purchasing a gift for yourself, for example, or heading out for fun with friends and family.
Avoid the toe kick at all costs
As soccer players, we are taught from a young age to avoid kicking with our toes—and for good reason! In general, the toe tick provides unsatisfactory results and can cause the ball to bounce out of our control. However, in some instances, using your toe to “poke” the ball is advantageous—for example, when you have no other way to get the ball out of an opponent’s grasp, or as a last resort for preventing his or her advancement toward your side of the field.
You can beat dehydration by drinking when you’re thirsty
The key thing to remember about dehydration is that once you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Avoid the negative effects of dehydration by drinking plenty of water before, during and after your game.
Soccer is more boring than others sports
While soccer may be known as a “non-contact” sport by some—it allows for contact and touching, but not intentional tackles—it is by no means boring! In fact, if you’ve ever watched a good game of soccer, you know that possession and the tide of the game can turn in seconds.
While every sport has its lulls in the game, to call soccer a boring sport would be a disservice to all its players.