Youth Soccer Rising In America
It’s no surprise that soccer has been rising in America as a sport that is being taken more seriously and is gaining more interest, especially in the youth. Soccer is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. due to big events such as the recent World Cup in Brazil in the summer. Also, events like the European summer tour in which all the biggest European teams come to America to play our teams and each other. Events like these have immensely helped soccer grow to be a big sport in America.
Many people say that soccer will never be as big as gridiron football, basketball, or baseball in the United States. ESPN FC commentator and former United States national team member, Alexi Lalas stated that even though soccer won’t be as big as the major sports in America, there’s still a certain level of popularity that soccer can attain as a sport in America.
A youth soccer player said, “Soccer is growing exponentially in the U.S. and I believe by 2022 we will make it to the World Cup Final if they keep going at this rate of creating top class players.” He also states that the U.S. national team’s efforts in the World Cup has spurred more interesting soccer among Americans because of how far the U.S. got in the competition.
Another youth soccer player mentioned, “The expansion of the MLS adding new teams and bringing in exceptional professional players like Ricardo Kaka will definitely help Americans be aware of the beauty of soccer”.
Also mentioned by the players, “The rise and popularity of the FIFA video game expands the growth of soccer because a lot of my non soccer friends play FIFA and now they love the beautiful game of soccer. It’s not that we need more soccer players but we need more people to be aware of the rise of soccer.” Soccer is rising through many different ways and is gaining awareness.
I hope soccer will be bigger in the U.S. as it’s the most played sport in the world. I understand that it’s not popular in America but theres definitely a certain level of popularity it can get to.