3 Reasons Americans Should Love Soccer and 3 Reasons They Don’t:
1) America’s Favorite Sport is Popularly Known as “Soccer”
2) There Are More Than 1 Million Teams in the World
3) Some Sports Aren’t Played Everywhere, But Most People Play Them All Over the Globe!
1) America’s Favorite Sport Is Popularly Known as “Soccer”
America loves soccer.
Because it is fun, because it is easy to play, and most importantly because its popularity has increased over time. In fact, there are more than one million teams in the world! That means there are more than 1 million different teams playing soccer all over the globe! The following list shows some interesting facts about American football (soccer).
The National Football League (NFL), which is the premier professional league in the United States, consists of 32 teams. Of those 32 teams, only 8 have been based out of the same city since their inception. The other 12 franchises were created from various cities across the country.
So what does this mean?
The NFL is not really a single entity anymore; rather it is comprised of many independent entities working together under one umbrella organization called the National Football League (NFL).
Very few people know that soccer is the most popular sport in the world. While America tends to praise its own sports, such as American football, baseball, and basketball, it is likely that more people are playing this beautiful game than any other.
The only way this could be any simpler is if it were called “kick ball.” Regardless of what you call it, this is one of the oldest sports in the world. It is hard to believe that something so simple could be played by people all over the globe. The origins of this sport can be traced back to ancient China, where people were kicking a ball made of animal skin around their village.
After this, it was only a matter of time before people started playing organized soccer matches.
The first soccer game in history was played between the teams of England and Scotland in 1872. The origin of the word soccer comes from the abbreviation of the word “asociation,” which is what this game was originally called back in the day. In those days, the rules were very different than they are today. For example, two different goals were set up at opposite ends of the field.
If the ball went out-of-bounds, a player could drop-kick the ball in from the sideline.
The world, and especially America, has evolved quite a bit since the first soccer game in 1872. Even still, soccer remains one of the most popular sports in the world. Since the start of the 20th century, its popularity has only increased. In addition, more people are playing it at every level from youth to professional.
The popularity of soccer has increased so much in America that some people consider it more popular than American football. This might be true considering there are more than 1 million youth and high school soccer teams in the U.S., compared to only 115,000 high school football teams.
Even if this is just an estimate, it stands to reason that there are still a lot of youth playing this beautiful game. Hopefully, this trend will continue so that future soccer teams will be able to compete on a world stage.
Just how popular is soccer in the world?
Well, the answer might surprise you. The governing body of soccer, known as FIFA, has more members than the United Nations. That’s right! There are more than 200 countries in the world, and more than 150 of them have a soccer team. These teams compete in a quadrennial event know as the World Cup. This tournament is held every four years and has been held regularly since 1930. The World Cup is widely viewed as the most prestigious soccer event in the world. It has also been plagued by controversy over the years.
While it is common for people to criticize FIFA and its policies, there is no denying that it has accomplished quite a bit. For starters, FIFA has helped spread the gospel of soccer to every corner of the world. Without its initial help, there may not be as many quality players in certain parts of the world. FIFA has also done a great job of helping the less fortunate.
For example, it was partially because of FIFA that the United States did not have to qualify for the World Cup.
The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, which was a surprise to many people. Some other big names, such as England and Italy, also failed to qualify.
According to FIFA, this was because they wanted to make sure “lesser” teams had a chance to compete. Whether this was a selfless decision or a way to generate more interest in the World Cup is up for debate. However, what is not up for debate is that the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar.
Qatar has come under scrutiny ever since it was announced that it would host the event. The main problem is the searing heat. Games have been known to reach temperatures as high as 133 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, FIFA is looking into the possibility of holding the games at night.
The other major concern involves the treatment of immigrant workers who are building the necessary stadiums and other related facilities for the World Cup. Reports have stated that several of these people have been subjected to slave-like conditions. These allegations have caused several companies to boycott the event.
Despite these controversies, I am still very much looking forward to 2022. I have fond memories of the last World Cup I attended in Brazil. It also helped that the United States managed to reach the semi-finals. Sadly, they lost to Germany, but the experience remains one of my favorites to this day.
Nowadays, I can’t help but wonder what will happen to the sport after 2022. Will it still be as big? That remains to be seen, but I remain hopeful that it will continue to thrive for many years to come.
After the United States’ loss to Belgium in the round of sixteen, I for one am ready for this World Cup to be over. To be quite honest, this hasn’t been a very exciting tournament. Aside from a few games, most matches have been boring and low-scoring. A lot of people are saying that this tournament has been worse than the one held in South Africa back in 2010.
I don’t necessarily agree with that, but it definitely hasn’t been one of the best in history. I’m just hoping that the next one will be better.
The only thing people seem to agree on is that Brazil is a great host nation. Aside from the national team’s embarrassing loss to Germany (who many are now calling the new United States of Football), everything else has gone smoothly for them. I can only imagine what the atmosphere will be like when they host the actual cup. Maybe I’ll be able to go to the final match.
If I ever get a girlfriend, maybe she’ll accompany me…
I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to get off topic.
Where was I?
Oh yes, the future of soccer. As I have mentioned before, I remain hopeful that it will still thrive long after I’m dead and gone. In truth, I’m not sure what else I would do with my free time if such a thing were to happen. I suppose I would just fill the void by doing other things, but that’s a thought that scares me and is not something I am looking forward to.
For now, I will continue to watch the sport I have come to love. Whether it be in person or on the telly, it will always brighten my day.
I leave you with this: if you ever get the chance to go see a live soccer match, go. Even if you’re away from home or it’s a long trip, I guarantee it will be worth it. You might even make a memory or two.
Good luck to England in the next world cup!
Until next time.
Elder Oren Jackson
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