The language of soccer is very different from the body language of soccer. Body language in soccer is very important in order to have a good game. Actions on the football field relate to the different national teams and countries cultural understanding of football and how these actions become spoken dialects within a language of football. The cultural analysis showed some unity between the national football cultures and the national teams, which suggested a national language of the game. Sports is all about the body, movement and nonverbal communication. Teammates have to read each other’s cues, while competitors have to stake their claim and show nonverbal prowess.
Soccer is the universal language often does not require a verbal language. It is a game that is spontaneous and understood if you are a professional soccer (football) player. Each national dialect seemed to be based on different basic assumptions and to some extent specific symbolic actions on the field while the players were playing. Therefore, take Christiano Ronaldo, he is a professional Portuguese soccer player. His English is not up to the speed of his foot work and skills on the soccer ball and he needed assistance to communicate. It depends on the league and the country they are playing in. Still, English remains the official language for communication. However, there are some players who does not speak English well, but they can understand the spoken language because their native language is near to the another one. For example, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. don’t speak the same language, but they can understand each other, because Spanish is near to Portuguese, and also because one of the players might know a little bit of the other one. So, clearly the language depends on the situation, just like how Cristiano Ronaldo speaks English with the referee and Portuguese with his friends. The referees in the game they have to be fluent in four official soccer languages, English, German, French and Spanish.
Consequently, football can be characterized as a language that contains a system with standardized, specific rules of the game across national boundaries and users with actual choices and actions within the game. Everyone who participates in the game of football such as players, coaches, spectators and media can be considered multiple language users embedded in different collective social institutions such as national cultures that can and have affected their choices in game-playing situations on the field “in action”.
Inner assimilation creates unity among group members with respect to values of the organization. For example, when young footballers are integrated into any respective football culture they are taught to both play and perceive football from a certain cultural understanding. External adaptation on the other hand relates to the cultures required ability to adapt to its surrounding. For example, when a national team loses in the game, the playing style may be revised leading to basic assumptions of playing that results to changing the culture.
Sports is all about the body, movement and nonverbal communication. Teammates have to read each other’s cues, while competitors have to stake their claim and show nonverbal prowess.
Body language of defeat
Sadly, losers also have a unique body expression. We do not learn this expression by observation, we are innately” programmed” to do this when we lose. Losers roll their shoulders in, hang their head low, make a pained or sad expression and clench their hands into fists of defeat along with rolling their eyes.
Body Language in Action
When a player misses a goal, makes a mistake or feels embarrassed they often do the body language of shame. This is when someone puts the tips of their fingers up to the side of their forehead. It’s as if the player is trying to shield himself from the insults hurdled upon him from the crowd. In a true moment of devastation, a player will cover both her eyes with her hands or her entire face to block out the shame.
- The eyebrow flash is something that humans do instinctively when they want to attract attention. Players do this for teammates when they want to initiate a pass. It is a nonverbal way of saying, “You ready?”
- Torso tilting is another thing that players do when they want another player to engage with them. You will notice basketball players sometimes will aim their torso at a player a split second before they pass to them.
- The chin salute is a more subtle way we point. When players want to point towards an opening, a goal or a player they often use their chin as a substitute finger. Watch players chins as they move down the court and you will see how their chins nod directions at each other.
The Body Language of Shame
When a player misses a goal, makes a mistake or feels embarrassed they often do the body language of shame. This is when someone puts the tips of their fingers up to the side of their forehead. It’s as if the player is trying to shield himself from the insults hurdled upon him from the crowd. In a true moment of devastation, a player will cover both her eyes with her hands or her entire face to block out the shame. This is called eye blocking and we do this subconsciously because we hope by covering our eyes we will stop seeing what makes us feel so bad or hurts our feelings.
The Body Language of a Winner
Across countries, across cultures, across sports, there is universal body language of pride. All athletes made the same body language expression when they won a race—even blind athletes who had never seen anyone do it before. The body language of a winner is classic. Arms and hands above head, mouth open, face pointed up towards the sky exclaiming in triumph with a huge smile on his or hers face.
So, there for in conclusion Soccer and cultural identity share many aspects, such as Its Cultural, Social and Political Aspects. Along with its winning, shameful, defeating and in action behavior.