After working in the soccer industry for almost 9 years I have watched a lot of soccer games and while the game remains mostly the same it seems the drama that goes along with the fouls and non-fouls has greatly increased. Instead of focusing on how to play the game and to play it well it seems that players have been trying to figure out how to perfect the performance of their flop just in case they should get a foul called or if it is borderline. While many of these players are able to pull it off, as an observer it is very obvious to which are flops and which are fouls.
The question I have is Why? Why would you want to worry about this, why not just focus on the game. As much as we don’t want to admit fouls are a part of soccer, they are a part of any sport you will ever play. It seems that most flops are the result of a player thinking that they were fouled and that they should have gotten the call or it’s like a little kid just trying to get their big brother in trouble because they can. How about we stop worrying about what you believe should have been called and just play the game, no flopping involved.
Apparently we aren’t the only ones noticing, there are scientific journals actually doing studies on the art of the flop. Soccer and the art of deception
So with that being said the next time you are out on the pitch before you go to take a dive or a flop on purpose, think about the integrity of the game and if you are really upholding it to the standard it deserves.