It is not uncommon for players to pretend they are injured in order to prevent themselves from having to play. It can happen at any time during the game, although it is most likely to happen when the team is losing. The reasons behind it are varied, but mostly revolve around ensuring the team doesn’t make a mistake by putting someone who isn’t 100% fit on the field. Players might also fake injuries because they want their opponents to get carded or substituted out.
How to Detect a Faked Injury on the Football Field
Ever wonder how the referees are able to tell when someone is faking an injury on the field? With injuries in football being so common, it’s important that you know.
- The player will be noticeably less aggressive in their movements.
- A player will not be making attempts to block for themselves or their teammates, and they won’t be in a position where they could make a tackle.
- A player who is in pain often grimaces before they even hit the ground, which makes it impossible for them to fake out the referee if they don’t know what they’re looking for.
- If you happen to see a player who just stands there while the play goes on around them without any sign of being hurt, it’s likely that they faked an injury.
Why People Fake Injuries on the Field & the Consequences for Such Behavior
It is fairly common for players on the field to fake an injury to deceive opponents. They are allowed to do this during a timeout or when play has stopped. The goal is to mislead the opponents into believing that the player has been substituted, and therefore changing their strategy based on this misinformation. Falsely claiming that a player is injured in order to deceive opponents is illegal and subject to punishment by law.