Soccer Diving

According to a new study, male soccer players are far more likely to take a dive or fake an injury than women are. We talk to the author of the study to find out why and to a member of Canada's National Women's team to get her perspective on the issue.

Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

Part One of The Current


It's Thursday, July 14th.

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And to save the media Baron any further embarrassment, I also deleted the message from his doctor suggesting he increase his fibre intake.

This is The Current.

Soccer Diving - Daryl Rosenbaum

We started this segment with some sound from last Sunday's Women's World Cup quarter final game between Brazil and the United States. Brazil was leading 2 to 1 when Brazilian player Erika Cristiano dos Santos, tumbled to the ground, in apparent agony. A referee called her bluff, and penalized her for faking an injury to stall the game.

Erika's World Cup dive drew a lot of attention in part because diving is a lot less common among women. A new study out of the United States confirms that and presents some interesting ideas about why that might be. We'll get into that.

Richard Whittall covers soccer for The ... so for those of you who may not eat, live and breathe soccer - or football - he shared a little primer on diving.

According to a new study by medical researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, women soccer players typically dive a lot less. Daryl Rosenbaum is the study's lead author. He's also a sports medicine doctor at Wake Forest School of Medicine and a team physician for the United States Soccer Federation. Daryl Rosenbaum was in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Soccer Diving - Kaylyn Kyle

Kaylyn Kyle is a midfielder with the Canadian Women's National Team. She has just returned home from The World Cup in Germany and she was in Saskatoon.

Canada, sadly, was knocked out of the Women's World Cup competition a few weeks ago. The United States will play Japan in Sunday's Final game.

Diving Factboard

In the 1960s and 1970s, Manchester City striker Francis Lee became one of the first great divers of the television era.

During the 1998 World Cup, last-16 match between Argentina and England, David Beckham accused rival player - and master diver - Diego Simeone of blatantly faking it, saying he went down as if he'd been shot.

In March 2006, the London Times started a campaign against what the paper called shameless play acting soiling the national game. It demanded football authorities use post-game videos to suspend obvious divers.

In 2010, FIFA announced a move to allow national football associations to use video evidence of 'simulation' to penalize players.

On July 10, Brazilian defender Erika was given a yellow-card warning for stalling during overtime in the Women's World Cup quarter final.

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