Do Soccer Players Dope? Doping In Soccer Explained.

Updated on 
February 1, 2022

Let's face it.. After the biggest revelations in sports history, the confession of Neil Armstrong on doping, we all started to question: "Who else might be doping?" or "How can we prevent this from happening ever again?".

Since then, measures have been taken in almost every sport. Even in soccer.

When it comes to soccer, I bet you're asking.. Do soccer players dope?

Doping is strictly prohibited in soccer by FIFA and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). If someone would be caught doping, it would result in permanent banning across all soccer leagues. The soccer player that would be caught would be also fined by commissions and the club itself. Ultimately, it would be the end of one's career.

That's the simple answer I can give you.

Are steroids allowed in soccer?

Steroids are definitely not allowed in soccer. FIFA is also fighting against it, by affiliating with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). The way they are fighting with steroids is that after every professional match, random two soccer players from both teams are being tested right away once the match ends.

I think this is a great way to fight doping in the sports world - and it helps to bring fairness to the game.

Usually, they test random players, but sometimes they tend to focus on top performers such as Cristiano Ronaldo. Funny story.. he was taken on a test so many times, that his reaction is always "Again me?". There is actually even a video on Youtube somewhere, if you search 🙂

Anyways, steroids are not allowed in soccer - and never will be.

Are soccer players tested for steroids?

Now that you know that players cannot use dope or steroids, let's jump on another question.

Are soccer players tested for steroids?

Soccer players are always tested for the potential use of forbidden steroids or dope. Usually, they pick randomly two players from both teams and test them against each other. This way they can get better results, and that way reveal if someone is doping, or taking strictly prohibited steroids.

Does FIFA do drug testing?

Since FIFA is affiliated with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), they are also testing soccer players for drugs. The reason is simple - some drugs can work like doping and steroids, and that way enhance players' performance. Enhancing performance with such substances is unfair and that is what is FIFA fighting against.

Personally, I think this is a great thing they're doing. I think protecting fairness is sport should be one of the biggest priorities from authorities in the sport.

While it could be annoying for players, it's essential for fair play.

List of forbidden drugs and doping substances

Here is a short list containing prohibited drugs and doping substances:

  • Nandrolone
  • Cocaine
  • Cannabis
  • Norandrosterone
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Peptide hormone (human growth hormone - hGH)
  • Iuretics
  • Beta-2 agonists
  • Anti-estrogens
  • Gene manipulation
  • and more..

As you can see, there are many ways to cheat and go against the rules - and I'm glad we're fighting against it because it should never be allowed in sport.

Wrapping it up

As you can see, the danger of doping lies in fairness - that's what ultimately makes sport competitive and fun.

We should always strive for fair play, and only in soccer!

So to summarize the article:

  • Doping & Steroids are strictly prohibited in soccer.
  • Drug substances that are known for enhancing ones performance are not allowed too.
  • Soccer players are always tested for forbiddens substances right after the match.
  • You could also see a short list of a few known ways that were used in history to cheat.

My last piece of advice - always stay away from these substances. They can ruin your soccer career, and it's definitely against morale to take them.

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