How's this ? They fake cuz their sissies who love the attention and can't wait to take out their stupid sweaters at the end of a game. They don't only run all game they do lots of walking too
So... wasn't going to take the bait on this one, because I've had this conversation with many people who are ignorant of soccer. "Faking" happens in every sport. Every. Sport. If you think you're a "tough guy" (as opposed to those "sisses who love the attention") because you're a hockey fan, I'd be happy to provide you with video of hockey players diving to get a call. And they won't all be Canadiens videos (although to be sure the Habs would make up a good 75% of them ).
It happens in basketball, hockey, football, soccer...basically any contact sport where the officials have to use their judgement to make a call. And the reason soccer players "dive" is the same reason basketball players flop under the basket, or why wide receivers fall down and throw their hands up (or make the "air flag" motion), or why hockey players fall down and grab their face when a stick gets near their face: they all do it to gain some kind of call/advantage for their team.
Now, I don't condone diving in any sport. I've played soccer for 35 years and at a pretty high level, and I can't stand the diving that happens, even if I understand it for what it is. The same is true of hockey, although I started playing later in life, it still makes me nuts when people flop and get away with it.
So I would adivse you (and 49thparallel too ) to be careful about painting with a broad brush. Soccer is a pretty physical game, is played by some of the best athletes in the world, and has seen its share of gruesome injuries - without the benefit of protective gear.