07/11/2014 06:24 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Don't Worry, The World Cup Isn't The Only Place You Can See Diving


It doesn't matter what the sport is, there will likely be some flopping. And with the world's most popular sport being played on the world's biggest stage, the art of the flop (or dive) has been on full display.

While flopping tends to drive most sports fans (and some commentators) insane, some of the biggest athletes in the world continue to embellish contact or exaggerate an injury to gain an advantage. The NBA got so fed up with it that it created an anti-flopping policy, but fining players thousands of dollars hasn't seemed to dissuade some of them from flopping. It's no secret that flopping has been prevalent in soccer for a while, to the point where it has basically become an accepted part of the game (even though soccer fans around the world disapprove).

There has been no shortage of flops throughout the World Cup in Brazil. They've been done in different ways by different players and they should look very familiar for any sports fan who may not pay much attention to soccer, right down to the technique.

There's the late and blatant exaggeration of just a little contact.

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Throwing yourself around when there's no contact made

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Falling down backwards after little to no contact

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Wild flailing of the arms

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I'm running... I'm running... Fall down!

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Jerking your head back to the extreme

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