Why is diving so common in football and not so in other team sports?



Why is diving so common in football and not so in other team sports?

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You should go watch the NBA! Its getting baaaad.

Anyways, diving in football is simply a really good tactic. “Diving” is not really enforced as a negative and penalties in football can be game-changing, its a very very good strategy to pretend to get fouled because in the case that a ref mistakenly calls a foul on what might not have been a foul, you have a change to make major changes to the game based on just that one (wrong) call.

There is little downside to not diving, you almost never get called for diving and the chance of you getting a foul called and getting an opportunity to change the game is FAR more valuable than any negative action.

Think about making a bet at a casino. What if the casino said, if you bet wrong, we’ll give you a mean look, but we won’t take your money. But if you bet right, you might win a little or you might win big… but even if you’re wrong, we won’t take your money. I’m making that bet, its free money

There is a lot of diving and sliding in baseball..Both football and baseball are a “game of inches”

Because it can give you a massive advantage. It’s difficult for a referee to be sure that the player is simulating, even with Var

Part of it could be just the culture of the sport, which doesn’t always have an obvious reason. Why do hockey players get into brawls more than any other sport? Why are baseball players so much more chill than other sports?

The one hard reason I can see though is that Football doesn’t have instant replay and live review of calls. The ref’s call at the time stands, and isn’t rolled back. Compare to football where refs often stop the game and watch a play from multiple angles before giving a penalty. This gives more reason to try and “trick” the ref into making a bad call.

See also: rarely, when a goalie cant stop a goal, they might blatantly fowl a player instead, hoping that the ref will call it – because they have a chance of stopping a penalty kick. Even if it’s clear that this happened, the call stands.

Football (soccer for yanks and Aussies) is nominally a non-contact sport. Aside from charging for a space and making shoulder contact you’re not allowed to touch another player. Contact with hands, feet, elbows, knees or heads is a foul.

Obviously a lot of these sorts of contacts happen inadvertently due to the pace of the game, but unless the ref notices and it looks deliberate play will just go on.

In soccer a penalty can give enormous advantage – your team gets possession of the ball, a chance to position your players, possible direct attacks on goal via penalty kicks, and potentially forces the opposing side to adopt a more cautious play style so they don’t risk losing a player due to yellow/red cards.

So there’s a **lot** of incentive to make sure the ref notices and thinks it’s serious, which leads to a lot of players really hamming it up whenever they might feasibly have been fouled.

In the NHL, there is a style of player informally known as “pests” who are experts at making the other team take penalties. They do this by aggravating the opponent to the point that they break a rule or sometimes by embellishing an injury.

Because the matches are so low scoring and penalty shots are so rewarding, a single dive can be the difference between a win or a loss. They also don’t really penalize it as much as they should, and because it’s so low scoring, it’s unlikely that the other team will be able to score after you dive, so there’s really no downside and a ton of upside. Other sports are higher scoring so it’s not really worth the effort, plus if you dive and you don’t get the call, then it’s likely that the other team will take advantage and score while you’re on the ground. For example, women’s soccer has much less of an issue with diving because it’s higher scoring.

Delicate ‘poofs’, lack of sportsmanship, no skill, no integrity, not enforced/lack of rules.