Are Soccer Players Weak (Fouls or Fakes + Flops)

There has been a growing reputation that many soccer players are weak. Some players appear to be weak but are they just being dramatic and flopping.

Often players go down with minimal contact and roll around on the ground as if they have just been hit. Most of the time it’s just part of the tactics to slow down play and waste minutes.

In this article we will go through why soccer players are so weak as well as the following:

  • Are Soccer Players Weak
  • Why Players Falll
  • Why Players Flop
  • Overreactions
  • Injuries + funny video

Knowing when to be strong and when to take a foul is important gameplay, let’s find out more.

Injury In Soccer A Player On The Ground With Physio
Injury In Soccer A Player On The Ground With Physio ○ Soccer Blade

Why Are Soccer Players so Weak?

Soccer players act weak so that they can con the referee into giving a foul. Weak referees are partly to blame for giving incorrect decisions when there’s no foul.

Far too often we see a soccer player drop to the ground when quite clearly there has been minimal contact if any at all. Yet the player who was fouled rolls around on the ground for five to ten seconds, seemingly in agony only for them to hop straight up and continue playing with no signs of injury.

Now, this is not always the case. In some instances, a player will be tackled by an opposing player and there is significant contact.

Must Read: 10 Worst Flops in Soccer

Why Do Soccer Players Fall so Much?

Soccer players fall due to medical attention, to fake an injury, but also they could have been hit at speed by a strong player.

There is a mix of reasons why players fall down. One of soccer’s great attributes is that all sizes of players can play at once. The size and weight differences of players are not always noticeable on TV.

Apart from the physical differences, let’s take a look at the medical and faking side of soccer;

Medical Attention

The fouled player will then lay on the ground moving in pain. There is an injury from the contact for the fouled player and they will need medical attention.

Even when there is severe contact on a player, the fans and other players will often be up in arms simply because of the trend that happens when players go down without hardly any contact.

It makes it hard for the referee to determine what exactly has happened as sometimes there is contact and a serious injury to the player.

Feign Injury

Whereas other times it seems like there was not any contact at all and the player gets up and continues to play with no signs of injury.

Here is the official law that is against soccer players faking injury, otherwise they will get a yellow card;

Attempts to deceive the referee, e.g. by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled (simulation)

Law 12.3 – Yellow Card Offense IFAB (FIFA)

The other way a soccer player can be deemed to be so weak is that physically, the player is weaker than other players. This is usually seen when a winger goes up against a central defender. As most wingers are small in stature (Adama Traore aside) they rely on their low center of gravity and their quickness to get past defenders.

This is needed because more often than not, the physical size of the defender is needed when going toe-to-toe with the opposition’s strikers.

So, when players are called weak, it can be either the way they go down with little to no contact or the fact that they are actually not physically gifted as other players.

Soccer Injury
Soccer Injury ○ Soccer Blade

Why Do Soccer Players Flop so Much?

So that they can draw a foul and win a free-kick, get a penalty, or waste time.

Goals in soccer are so hard to score, many times players will go to long lengths to get the best possible chance at scoring a goal. More often than not this occurs when the ball is near the goal.

If there is little contact, sometimes a player will go down in order to win a free-kick for their team. This then puts them in a good position to put the ball into the box and a good chance to score a goal.

Penalty Box

The other area that which soccer players tend to flop a lot is in the penalty box.

As mentioned above, goals are so hard to come by in soccer and if there is the smallest hint of contact by a defender in the penalty area, a player will go down.

This is to draw the referee’s attention that a foul has occurred and that a penalty should be given.

Sometimes what will happen is if it’s deemed to be denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, then a penalty will be awarded, and then the player who fouled the opposition will be given a red card.

Generally speaking, players will flop to deceive the referee to give a foul. This also works away from the goal or penalty box.

The Final Minutes

If a team is 1-0 up and the game is entering the last five minutes, often players will go down at any sign of contact.

Why do you say? To waste time. By constantly going down and drawing what looks to be fouled, the game stops by the time keeps going and this limits the opposition’s chances of scoring the goal needed to get a result.

Why Do Soccer Players Overreact?

  • Get a player yellow or red carded
  • Influence the referee’s decision
  • Trying to get a penalty

 Soccer players will overreact to a challenge (tackle) or a decision to influence the referee’s decision. If it’s a derby game for example with Barcelona and Real Madrid, tempers are already high.

If there is a 50/50 challenge and players collide, other players will overreact and throw their arms in the air yelling for a foul to be called. This is done to perhaps influence the referee into showing a yellow or red card.

We see so many times that during a game when a foul has been called, players will surround the referee in order to get the decision that will benefit their team.

Do Soccer Players Actually Get Hurt?

Soccer players get hurt and if a physio comes on the field, the players need to leave the field of play. This is a new rule that stops players from faking injuries.

But what makes it tough to judge is that too often players go down to the ground after minimal contact and appear to be in severe pain. Only to then get straight back up and continue playing.

However, sometimes, a player will be tackled or bumped/pushed and an injury actually occurs to the fouled player.

While sometimes it appears that players do not get injured from a challenge, they also do get injured but it makes it hard to determine because of the excessive flopping that occurs.

Must Read: 10 Worst Flops in Soccer

Soccer Players Faking Injuries

There are some horrific legs breaks and other injuries in soccer – but they are too bad to watch. Instead here are some funny fake dives and injuries from weak soccer players;


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Can you block in soccer?

You can block a pass, shot, cross, or throw-in. It’s legal to block the ball using any part of the body other than the hands or arm (up to the shoulder). 

Why do players fake injuries? 

Although it’s disrespectful to opponents and fans, some players fake injuries to win a free kick or penalty, sometimes to stop a counter-attack, also to waste time to run the clock down, and they might try to get an opponent booked or sent off. 

How do you increase soccer awareness?

+ Scan the field before getting the ball
+ Keep an open body position
+ Keep your eyes in front of the ball when dribbling
+ Lookup after taking bigger touches

Why do soccer players and coaches cover their mouths when talking?

Soccer players hold their mouths when talking for 3 reasons: To keep conversations private from the public, Keep tactical discussions secret, and amplify their voices.

Why do soccer players raise their hands?

This is done to communicate with their teammates during a game for a pass, to say they are in space, plus to let teammates know what routine set-play is going to be taken. Players also raise their hands to celebrate a goal or signal that they are injured.

What are some ways to pass a soccer ball?

+ Inside foot: Using the area above and inside of the big toe.
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+ Spin: If the toes get underneath the ball with some force you create a backspin.
+ Back heel: Connect the heel with the ball to reverse play.
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