>I have never played soccer but I do appreciate what a fine game it is.
>I have just finished watching Italy and Chile on TV and I have a question.
> Why is all that play acting allowed when ever a player is touched .Im sure
>the players are not all whimps as it appears.
People have already talked about diving to draw a foul, which I don't
like much either, however there is another issue...
Now I may be foolish and naive, as I seem to be the only person who
points this out, but sometimes when you get kicked it hurts. Now that
may not be an excuse to fall to the ground and act like you've been
shot, but look at it this way: you're in pain and for a few moments
you can't run very well if at all. Do you struggle on and keep
playing, handicapping your team because you're not able to run
properly, or do you go down, exaggerate the injury, get treatment, and
buy some time to recover? Your choice.
Since you are in Canada, (I'm actually over in Burnaby "Hi Carl, can
you see me, I'm waiving" :) I'll also make a contrast with ice hockey.
Often in hockey you'll see a player get hurt and struggle to the bench
so that a fresh player can rush onto the ice and take his place
instantly. Soccer players don't have that luxury. If they crawl off
the field (which is a lot tougher than coasting to the bench), then
their team is having to play shorthanded until they can get back on
the field. So keep that in mind the next time you watch a hockey