England players first wore their names on the back
of their shirts during the 1992 European Championships in Sweden.
Goal nets were first used in 1891.
The red and yellow card system was invented by English referee Ken Aston,
a school headmaster.
Early in the history of football, team sizes ranged from 15 to 21. It was
not until 1870 that the 11-player team was standardized.
Shirt swapping was once officially prohibited in 1986 because
not want players to 'bare their chests' on the field.
In England and many other part of the world the game is called football,
for obvious reasons. However, in countries like the US, South Africa and
Australia they use the term 'soccer'. Where does this come from? The term
was coined when someone asked Charles Wreford Brown if he was a Rugger (a
Rugby player), to which he replied, no, Soccer! taking the phrase from
Association, SOC, and added the -er.
Football is the world's most popular sport. The World Cup is estimated to
be watched by a home viewing audience of over 30 billion people. (this
tallies more than the world's population, this figure is an 'accumulated'
audience, meaning that when people watched more than one game, (which most people
did) they were counted each time).
The first world cup soccer match kicked off on July 13th, 1930 with
France beating Mexico 4 to 1.
There were a total of 13 teams in the first World Cup. Besides the host
Uruguay, there were Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, France,
Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, the United States and Yugoslavia.
Did you know that South American and European countries have won the
World Cup 9 times and 9 times respectively. There has been no other
continent that has produced a World Cup Champion.
World Cup Winners (total number by country)
Germany (West) 3
Who says there is no such thing as
home advantage? Out of the 19 World
Cups so far, six have been won by the host country.
No European team has won a World Cup played outside of Europe.
The most common score in a World Cup final match is 1-0.
Five teams have been unbeaten but not the champions in the same finals.
Those unbeaten teams are: Scotland in 1974 (1 win, 2 draws), Brazil in 1978
(4 wins, 3 draws), England in 1982 (3 wins, 2 draws), Cameroon in 1982 (3
draws), Belgium in 1998 (3 draws).
The highest attendance at a World Cup match was 199,854 at the Maracana
Stadium in Rio de Janerio for the 1950 decider between Uraguay and Brazil.
The most common surname of World Cup players is Gonzalez or Gonzales.
Brazil are the only country to have appeared in every World Cup final,
19 finals tournaments from 1930 to 2010. In addition to this they have
automatically qualified for the 2014 tournament as hosts.
No host country had ever been eliminated in the first round of the FIFA
World Cup - until South Africa in 2010.