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The Worlds Game…. But not America’s. Why ?. In most European countries, sports fanatics thrive off the game of soccer. Oddly, America responds to the game in a seemingly pessimistic manner.

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the worlds game

The Worlds Game…

But not America’s

Why?

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In most European countries, sports fanatics thrive off the game of soccer. Oddly, America responds to the game in a seemingly pessimistic manner.

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A typical reason for this is that American’s enjoy scoring; they relate scoring to being action, therefore resulting in very little in soccer.

  • However those who have never played, don’t know what the sport truly entails.
    • Foot skills, slide tackles, play making, crossing etc.
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Tackle

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There are many similarities and differences between soccer and football, in the way they are played, the rules, the players, and the intensity.

  • Contact cannot be a reason not to like soccer due to the constant pushing, shoving, jersey grabbing, and dangerous slide tackling that occur.
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Teamwork

  • Contact
  • Injuries
  • Position
  • Scoring
  • Effort
  • Pain
  • Field Vision
  • Skills
  • Playbook
  • Interceptions
  • Coaches
  • Organization
  • Substitutes
  • Dedication

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  • Teamwork
  • Contact
  • Injuries
  • Position
  • Scoring
  • Effort
  • Pain
  • Field Vision
  • Skills
  • Playbook
  • Interceptions
  • Coaches
  • Organization
  • Substitutes
  • Dedication
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90 Minutes

  • No Timeouts
  • No Pads, No Helmets
  • 3 Substitutions
  • Red and Yellow Cards
  • Two Halves
  • No Commercial Breaks
  • Predominantly European
  • Thousands of Leagues
  • 4 Quarters
  • Each team has 3 timeouts per half
  • Constant Line Changes
  • Penalties
  • Tackling
  • Predominantly American
  • Commercial Breaks
  • NFL:NFC & AFC

Yet Different

Does this make one tougher?

olympic sport
Olympic Sport

Soccer

Football

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In European countries Soccer (football) is the most supported, attended, watched, and over all most popular game played.

  • So why not America?
well we tried
Well… We Tried
  • On July 21st, 2009, David Beckham made his debut as an LA Galaxy player against top English Premier team, Chelsea...
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…….

  • 99% of America did not watch.
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However “MLS jersey sales [were] already up 300% from last year, [2007].” – Time Magazine

Some impact was made

by David Beckham’s transfer.

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As the years progress soccer becomes more and more popular in America. More kids and teens are playing, more American’s are tuning in to the World Cup and other tournaments, and FIFA ‘10 has already generated 48% more sales then ‘09.

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The underestimated ability of a soccer player, and overall underrating of soccer in America has been a personal issue of mine growing up. I played soccer for 15 years and as I grew older the respect I received outside the soccer community seemed to dramatically decline. Our teams would constantly hear that soccer was a sport for “woosies” and requires little skill. These remarks, though being made by unqualified individuals, still hurt to hear.

  • In no way is the purpose of this to show that soccer is better then football, it is however there to show that soccer is equally skillful, physical, and important to society, and should be respected by those who don’t play or never have.