Diving in Soccer

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Is Diving in Soccer Smart? In soccer, diving or “flopping” is when a player attempts to gain an unfair advantage by going to the ground and possibly faking an injury after having little or no contact, in order for it to appear as a foul. This has existed in the sport since it was first created, and continues to be a problem today. In the 2014 World Cup, Mexico was playing the Netherlands in the round of 16. The Netherlands has made a late comeback and tied up the game with two minutes left in regular time. Then, Arjen Robben, a winger for the Dutch side had seemingly flopped to the ground in the penalty box after having little contact from a Mexican defender. This led to the referee calling a penalty kick, which the Dutch then scored to win them the game and put them through to the quarterfinals. There is still controversy on whether or not it was a dive. However, this is an example of how diving can give players an advantage and changed the outcome of the game. Diving has given soccer a bad reputation because for those who are not involved in the sport, players are seen more as actors than athletes. Sometimes it is difficult to see whether a player has dove or not, and requires different camera angles and slow motion to be determined. Other times players may have been hit with little contact but react as if they have suffered a gunshot wound. This turns people away from watching the sport because of how ridiculous certain players can make it seem. Most people do not see the other side of the story, where diving is considered a “smart” decision to make in soccer. Although diving is illegal and wrong, it is much more complicated than it is made out to be. Referees are not able to see all the fouls being committed on the pitch. They must cover the entire pitch and although they have help from other officials and linesmen, ultimately the decision on what is a
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