The fastest soccer ball ever kicked had a speed of 132 miles per hour. Brazilian soccer player Ronny Heberson is responsible for this kick.
This kick dates back to 2006 when Heberson played for Sporting Lisbon. The team was competing against Naval and Heberson kicked the ball at the 88-minute mark for the game. Heberson is a fullback and his kick is currently in the Guinness Book of World Records. Only one other soccer player comes close to this speed; in 1996, David Hirst kicked a soccer ball at 114 miles per hour in a game where his team the Sheffield Wednesday played Arsenal.Learn More
According to soccer information source Understanding Soccer, no player should be called offside when he or she receives the ball directly from a throw-in. This detail of the offside rule is given in FIFA's rules of the game.Full Answer >
According to Football Bible, the official dimensions for an indoor soccer goal are 6.5 feet high by 12 feet wide. This is half the width of an official outdoor soccer goal.Full Answer >
The International Federation of Association Football, known by its French acronym FIFA, stipulates that for a professional 11- versus 11-man competition, the field must be between 100 to 130 yards long and 50 to 100 yards wide. Therefore, the square footage ranges from approximately 45,000 to 117,000 square feet.Full Answer >
The top paid South African soccer players in the league as of Sept. 2014 include Teko Modise of Sundowns, Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs, Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs, Elias Pelembe of Sundowns and Anthony Laffor of Sundowns. The highest paid footballer in any league is not a South African soccer player, but a Portuguese player named Cristiano Ronaldo (of Real Madrid) who earns approximately R266 million a year.Full Answer >