An Open Letter To Floppers

Dear Flopper, you are making the game bad and you look stupid. Sincerely, the world.

Dear Floppers,

Look, we get why you do it. You want a call and sometimes (especially in the penalty area), flopping and hoping for the call is a higher-percentage play than trying to get a shot. 

This message, we should note, is not directed at any single flopper, though some of you out there in soccerland might want to pay more attention than others (cough, Luis Suarez and Arjen Robben, cough).

You don't look cool when you flop. You look the opposite of cool, like a small child throwing a tantrum in a grocery store. 

And won't somebody think of the children? You are being bad role models, floppers. Kids are going to grow up watching you flop and they are going to want to flop too because they think y'all are cool and they want to be like you. It doesn't have to be like this, floppers. You have an opportunity to stop the cycle of flopping but instead you perpetuate it.

Future generations could grow up in a flopless utopia, all because of you. That, in our opinion, is the greatest legacy you could leave.

So, next time you're writhing around on the ground, grabbing your shin and shrieking, take a moment and think "is this what I really want?" The answer will become clear.

Do the right thing. Please.


All of us.

P.S. if you want to learn more about the dangers of flopping or want to get involved, you can click here.

Contact The18 Staff Writer Sam Klomhaus at or follow him on Twitter @SamKlomhaus

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