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Why soccer will never make it in the US

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Why soccer will never make it in the US Soccer, or football, which the rest of the world outside of the United States calls it, is surely the most popular sport in the world. Every four years, the world championships of soccer, the World Cup, is watched by literally billions all over the world, beating out the Untied States professional football's Super Bowl by far. It is estimated that 1.7 billion television viewers watched the World Cup final between France and Brazil in July of 1998. And it is also a genuine world championship, involving teams from 32 countries in the final rounds, unlike America's baseball World Series that involves only the United States. But although soccer has become an important sport in the American sports scene, it will never be as big as football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and even golf and tennis is. There are many reasons for this. Recently the New England Revolution beat the Tampa Bay Mutiny in a game played during a horrible rainstorm. ...read more.


Anyone who has attended a live football game knows how commercial time-outs slow the game and sometimes, at its most exciting moments, disrupt the flow of events. There is no doubt that without television definitely would not stay the same in the homes and hearts of Americans. Also, without the money from advertising, the teams couldn't afford the sky-high salaries of their superstars. Soccer, on the other hand, except for its halftime break, has no time-outs and is constant run, run, run, back and forth, relentlessly, with only a few seconds of relaxation when a goal is scored, and that happens two or 3 times in a normal game, sometimes never scoring in a game. The best that commercial television can hope for is an injury timeout and that is only when a player is very seriously injured. Another reason is Americans love their violence, and soccer doesn't have the violence that American football and soccer have. ...read more.


Another confusing thing to Americans is how you can't substitute a player unless he/she is injured or lying dead on the field, unlike in basketball, baseball, and American football where there are constantly substitutes. Lastly, the field in soccer in enormous. A good bit larger than an American football field, the soccer field could hold at least a dozen basketball courts. Americans like their action in a small field of vision - ten enormous people bouncing off one another and moving rapidly through a space the size of a large bedroom, 22 even larger people in huge uniforms coming together on a small, odd shaped ball. In soccer, there is a need to spread out so that complex foot passing is possible. Americans, again do not like this spreading out. Soccer is a great sport and definitely deserves more attention and popularity in America. But, again, because it does not go well with television, it will never make it big in the United States the way other sports have, not until it changes some of its basic strategies. ...read more.

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