Diving, the act of miming an injury or contact in order to induce a foul call, has stained the beautiful game for decades. It persists in world football mostly because there is not a clear way to stop it.
Put another way, diving is gamesmanship at its ugliest, an act of deliberate deception to earn a penalty, free kick or the sending off of an opposing player.
And it’s not only bothering die-hard football fans; diving is turning off new ones.
Ask any American why they have yet to embrace the world game, and the word “diving” is bound to pop up. Though the tactic exists in both the NBA and the NFL, those sports have clearer preventative measures institutionalized to limit its influence on the game. No such deterrents are in place for football.
But isn’t it an easy fix?
Here are 10 possible punishments for diving in football, listed by increasing severity. Each should be taken into careful consideration.