According to the US Consumer Produce Safety Commission on injuries treated in the emergency room, 418,260 of the injuries derived from football and 174,686 of the injuries were from soccer. Both sports received many injuries. However, it was football that came out with the most injuries. Even with all the padding they have, compared to only shin guards that soccer players have, football still comes ahead with the most injuries. Football is more dangerous than soccer.
With the high risk of brain injuries in football, many young athletes and their parents are looking for safer athletic alternatives. Unfortunately, many of them are choosing soccer. Soccer is a great sport with a long history, but it also carries a similarly high-risk for concussions and long-term brain injury that often gets overlooked. In many reports, soccer comes second only to football for the highest number of brain injuries experienced every season.
Soccer vs football injuries statistics. A 34-year-old member asked: How long is a tailbone injury going to keep me out of playing football or soccer?
The risk of injury to the upper extremities is much higher in football than in soccer -- with the exception of the goalkeeper, soccer players do not use their hands and arms to handle the ball. However, concussion injuries are equally likely in soccer and football players.
Detailed injury data obtained from the Royal Belgian Football Association from seasons 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 were recorded and gender differences in incidences of injuries, type of injury, affected body part and timing of injury were compared. A significant decrease in injuries from 7.56 to 5.96 injuries per 100 players was seen (p<0.0001).
There are lots of other studies about American football, but the scientific community agrees that soccer injuries and football injuries aren’t very comparable because of all the collision. So long story short, I found 10 research studies (see table below) besides that SPRINZ study.
Young people aged 5 to 14 accounted for 50 percent of the football injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2017, according to data from the National Safety Council. This age group accounted for 45 percent of soccer injuries, 44 percent of baseball and 40 percent of lacrosse and rugby injuries treated in emergency rooms the same year.
Ice hockey had the second highest concussion rate with 1.20 concussions per 1, 000 AE. American football came in third (0.53 concussions/1000 AE). See the full list below: Rugby (4.18/1,000 AE) Ice hockey (1.20/1,000 AE) American football (0.53/1,000 AE) Lacrosse (0.24/1,000 AE) Football (or soccer) (0.23/1,000 AE) Wrestling (0.17/1,000 AE)