Tripping vs. fake falling: UVic expert on how FIFA 2018 World Cup referees can tell the difference


What many soccer players do with their arms when they have possible “tripping contact” on the foot. Source: E. Paul Zehr

The following University of Victoria expert on walking, running, tripping, falling and human performance is available to media to discuss the ways referees can tell true tripping from fake falling at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia starting June 14:

E. Paul Zehr (Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education) is an expert in sensorimotor neuroscience and human performance. He can discuss key ways of telling when soccer players are faking being tripped in order to draw a foul or penalty in soccer. Zehr, director of UVic’s Centre for Biomedical Research, is available to media on this particular subject from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PDT) on June 12, 13 and 15. (Office: 250-721-8379 or


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Suzanne Ahearne (University Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6139 or

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