VIDEO: Puppies on pitches is a new epidemic taking over South American soccer | SIDELINE

It's an epidemic taking over world soccer — puppies on pitches.

Over the course of the last week, dogs have managed to bypass the media credentialing process and infiltrate the soccer field for important matches in Chile and Argentina (above and below videos, respectively).

Puppies on pitches is a pretty self-explanatory phenomenon, if you ask me: Dogs like to play, often times with balls of various shapes and sizes and they like people, too. Based on the transitive property, that makes dogs very big fans of soccer.

Honestly, it's a small miracle that more canines don't find their way onto soccer fields where balls and people — two of their favorite things — are prevalent.