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Top 10 Reasons Why Soccer Is Better Than Football
Real Clear Sports ^ | January 9, 2014 | Brian Colella

Posted on 01/09/2014 7:21:34 AM PST by C19fan

Soccer is, without a doubt, the world's most popular sport. Football is, without a doubt, America's most popular. Football absolutely dominates in the U.S., but once you leave North America and nobody cares about Brady vs. Manning, or Auburn vs. Alabama. Messi vs. Ronaldo? That's more like it.

The new year dawns, like always, with a zillion college bowl games and the NFL playoffs, and the over-saturation of football has us puzzled as to why its popularity so outstrips soccer's in this country. Football's flaws, some unredeemable, are there for all to see: serious injuries, drawn-out replay reviews to interpret Byzantine rulebooks, and - let's be honest - extremely creepy commercials for Old Spice. What good reason is there to choose all that mess over "The Beautiful Game"?

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Supposed reasons and my resonse:

10: Superior Commentary

His claim is given soccer's non-stop "action" commentators do not have the time to say anything stupid. /src on/Great commentary when one is just talking about how a pass is going from Player A to B./src off/

9: Friendlies: He claims these exhibition matches are great opportunities to watch the best clubs in the world compete against each other. What is left out is how often these clubs will not play their top players. The quality of play is often on par with NFL exhibition games.

8: Ticket Prices: He is comparing a sport with close to 40 matches a year to a sport with 12 - 16 games a season. The fact that soccer tickets are cheaper indicates the clubs need to keep prices low to attract fans.

7: The Atmosphere: He cites one German club. The average attendance for all Bundesliga is 45,000. Somtimes I watch European clubs on cable and for many matches outside the top flight clubs there are tons of empty seats.

6: More Quality Matches: He cites the fact given the different physical requirements soccer teams play more meaningful games. The problem is the European leagues are so top heavy the only meaningful games are those between those top teams.

5: Clear Champions

4: Uninterrupted Play: I don't count passing a round ball around with 99% of the time nothing gained as exciting uninterrupted play.

3: The Goals: Claims given the lack of scoring in soccer each goal is so important. Sort of contradicts point (5).

2: Player Safety

1: True International Competition. Fair enough but so what this country was founded as something different than from the rest of the world.

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1 posted on 01/09/2014 7:21:34 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Who cares what the rest of the world thinks..OH WAIT LIBS DO..now this makes sense.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 7:23:39 AM PST by Paul46360
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To: C19fan

Hogwash! Soccer flourishes because it is inexpensive to play.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 7:24:29 AM PST by Repulican Donkey
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To: C19fan

Not again!

Seems like EXTREMELY BORED / LAZY sportswriters and/or opinion writers want to generate more web traffic ......


4 posted on 01/09/2014 7:25:16 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: C19fan

I’ll believe it when they start having “Monday Night Soccer” in America.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 7:26:25 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: C19fan

In the USA, soccer has been, and forever will be, considered a girl’s sport.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 7:26:34 AM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: crusty old prospector

“What’s the score? Still 0-0? I thought so.”


7 posted on 01/09/2014 7:27:41 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: C19fan
Why can't people enjoy both? Why do disparate sports need to be "ranked?" I mean, I watch horse-racing more than I watch basketball, but I don't claim one is "better" than the other.

Oh wait, this is a slideshow with a provocative headline in order to generate hits.

8 posted on 01/09/2014 7:28:04 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Who watches soccer in the US? Illegals and the families of misguided kids who play it.


9 posted on 01/09/2014 7:28:41 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: C19fan

Player safety?

That’s why it’s popular among parents of 7 year olds.

But we want our professional athletes to give their all. A fullback crashing into the line. A hockey player dishing out checks.

Safety? LOL


10 posted on 01/09/2014 7:29:13 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: C19fan
Soccer is, without a doubt, the world's most popular sport.Football is, without a doubt, America's most popular. Football absolutely dominates in the U.S., but once you leave North America and nobody cares...

Sigh...yes. So I've been told by every left-wing globalist since at least the 1970's. Soccer is better the football! Why won't you jingoistic neanderthals realize that?!? The rest of the world loves soccer! We will never be apart of the world community until we embrace it! So even if you don't like it, at least put on a smile and pretend to for the sake of world peace!

But despite 40+ years of trying, Football is, if anything, more popular now that it was back then and Soccer's popularity (or lack thereof) is virtually unchanged. In fact if you want to put on the tinfoil hat, I wonder if a lot of the recent attempts to "neuter" Football through lawsuits and rules to reduce hits, is an attempt to destroy the sport with the though that then we won't have any choice but to watch Soccer.

11 posted on 01/09/2014 7:30:06 AM PST by apillar
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To: C19fan

The top ten reasons football is better than soccer:

10. Soccer is BORING.
9-2. Ditto.
1. SOCCER IS EXTREMELY BORING.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 7:30:54 AM PST by chesley
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To: C19fan

Soccer is a girl’s game. Period. It’s also extremely boring. I tried getting interested when Virginia Beach built a sports stadium for a local team. I went to 4 or 5 of their matches. It seemed to me that the game was nothing but passing the ball back and forth for no apparent gain, 99% of the time. Watching soccer wasn’t even a good excuse to sit outdoors and drink beer. I had more fun sitting in my backyard all by myself.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 7:31:08 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: C19fan

I think another European import has more action. Those runway model shows.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 7:31:40 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: hal ogen

ILLEGALS!!!

16 posted on 01/09/2014 7:32:02 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: C19fan
5: Clear Champions

Huh? Doesn't Soccer permit tie games?

17 posted on 01/09/2014 7:32:45 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Paul46360

Pajama Boy likes soccer


18 posted on 01/09/2014 7:33:17 AM PST by artichokegrower
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To: C19fan

I have noticed that soccer is being pushed harder, and might even be more popular in the US in the past few years. I’ve also noticed that soccer seems to be extremely popular in socialist/communist countries.

Doesn’t mean there is a link, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a link.


19 posted on 01/09/2014 7:33:24 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: C19fan

Send it back to the third world where it came from!


20 posted on 01/09/2014 7:34:00 AM PST by dalereed
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To: apillar
Sigh...yes. So I've been told by every left-wing globalist since at least the 1970's.

Is that why fans of the NFL, for example, have such inferiority complexes about it?

21 posted on 01/09/2014 7:34:38 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: dalereed
Send it back to the third world where it came from!

Actually modern soccer was invented by the Brits during the 19th century. When they went around conquering the world and building railroads they brought the game with them.

22 posted on 01/09/2014 7:35:32 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Wow, when I saw the “Real Clear” heading, I thought it would be okay, like “Real Clear Politics”.

NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THE TEN POINTS HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE MECHANICS OF THE GAME ITSELF. And half of the problems are unique to the NFL.

Some of the commentary was self-contradictory. For instance, we are over-saturated with football, but it’s too bad that NFL teams only get to play 16-20 meaningful games a year.

Pretty much every single one of his complaints is solved without having to resort to watching soccer.

The NHL has everything soccer does (continuous action, satisfying play even when goals aren’t scored, fewer injuries than football, rabid fans), plus international players (if that’s your desire) in two countries, 82 games instead of 38, generous playoff provisions where almost anyone with a winning record gets in, plus an extended playoff round to make sure that a bad team doesn’t make the finals based on luck.

Best of all it is all done at three times the speed of soccer and on skates. That is skill. Heck, even Bo Jackson didn’t pretend to be able to play hockey.


23 posted on 01/09/2014 7:35:45 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: dalereed

We, in the U.S., prefer our professional athletes to be black. /s


24 posted on 01/09/2014 7:36:04 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Cyber Liberty

Bingo. The 1994 Cup here in the U.S. was settled by a coin flip, more or less. That’s a clear champion? Until soccer takes itself seriously, it has no right expecting the rest of us to.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 7:37:09 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: C19fan
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26 posted on 01/09/2014 7:37:42 AM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: Cyber Liberty
Huh? Doesn't Soccer permit tie games?

Not in the championships. They play for hours, and then pick a winner based on penalty shots, or something like that.
27 posted on 01/09/2014 7:38:14 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: C19fan
11. Easy for stupid people to understand.

12. Can be played on third world dung heaps.

28 posted on 01/09/2014 7:38:59 AM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Repulican Donkey
Soccer was pushed in the US in the 70s because libs thought it would give girls a stage on which to go head to head against boys. In spite of all the effort put into it for four decades it is still a wimp sport and for most young boys it holds little interest.

Add to that the "everyone gets a trophy" and "no keeping score" garbage and it's easy to see why it's a continued loser. I hate to offend any soccer fans but, to me it just plain looks wimpy no matter how they try to build it up.

29 posted on 01/09/2014 7:39:50 AM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: apillar
We were living in Japan when pro soccer first became big. They imported a handful of top stars from Latin America. One guy named Ramos was so popular because he was very good at playing the sport, but even more so because he looked so much like a cave man.

It was the newest shiniest thing in the world of sports. Some people were even predicting it would surpass baseball as Japan's number one sport. But somewhere during that short-lived boom, the shine went off and the Japanese got back to baseball.

They were also giving away free soccer match tickets to all the elementary school kids to help fill the seats. It didn't work so well. I took my kids to one match with the free tickets. It was so boring, more than half of those of us who were half filling the stadium left before half-time.

30 posted on 01/09/2014 7:40:14 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SkyDancer

My daughter’s then boyfriend lost an appointment to West Point because of a brain injury playing hs rugby. I see a lot of the kids wearing soft helmets now.


31 posted on 01/09/2014 7:40:15 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SkyDancer

(referring to Rugby vs. football gear) Point taken. But Rugby isn’t soccer. U.S. football’s roots are in rugby. Even those of us who don’t care to play or watch rugby respect the game, and its players.

As the bumper sticker says: “Give Blood. Play Rugby.”


32 posted on 01/09/2014 7:40:55 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: C19fan

The Brits never learned to speak english either, ban them both!


33 posted on 01/09/2014 7:41:26 AM PST by dalereed
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To: 1rudeboy
Why can't people enjoy both? Why do disparate sports need to be "ranked?" I mean, I watch horse-racing more than I watch basketball, but I don't claim one is "better" than the other.

Because soccer except at the highest levels is for athletically non gifted or cowardly sailboat shirt children. Its the personification of the wimpification of the US and the world in general. Kids in the US who wash out at baseball beyond 8 or are too frightened to play a contact sport like football, lacrosse , or hockey gravitate towards soccer. You can run around and act like you are in an organized sport but you are actually doing nothing but jogging around in a disorganized mess. The sport is just plain boring, just like tennis(which is in tailspin worldwide). Funny you never see an athlete in any US pro sport woof about soccer, hell even David Beckham has to hang around his emaciated wife's friends for that celbutard factor. Only people defending the sport are former wimpy kids who played that pansy sport.

34 posted on 01/09/2014 7:43:34 AM PST by pburgh01
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To: MrB
“What’s the score? Still 0-0? I thought so.”

hahaha! i have had this same conversation with soccer moms the last 10 years or so... to them, soccer is so exciting, something always going on... to me, it does not compare with football, not even baseball... they don't get how i can get into a baseball game... sheesh--with every pitch, every swing, every foul ball, every hit, every play, every fly, every out thrown, my son says, "mom--you experience about seven different emotions in 2 seconds of baseball!" and it is the same with football... every snap... every scramble... every sack, every yard gained, every yard lost, every roll out... every tackle, every catch... the clock running down... every kick, punt, penalty, fumble, interception... i cannot get enough! :)

35 posted on 01/09/2014 7:43:42 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: C19fan
Here's my 10 reasons you're wrong


36 posted on 01/09/2014 7:46:27 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: latina4dubya

damn - you so totally win the tagline game


37 posted on 01/09/2014 7:46:49 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: mountn man

BOING!


38 posted on 01/09/2014 7:47:51 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Vigilanteman

Ruy Ramos, 90% of the reason that pro soccer had a successful launch in Japan and enjoyed a brief season in the sun.
39 posted on 01/09/2014 7:47:54 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: mountn man

Case closed!


40 posted on 01/09/2014 7:50:12 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
In the USA, soccer has been, and forever will be, considered a girl’s sport.

I don't watch soccer, but about a month ago I came across a soccer game on TV and decided to see what it was about.

After watching some of the game I came to the conclusion it would be a good game for us old men to play.

Walking down the field kicking the ball to a fellow team member who would kick it back to you or to someone else on the team. Creeping down the field and when getting close enough kick the ball toward the opponents goal.

If you lose the ball to the opposition you might actually have to do a little running but that is not the worst thing for an old man's health , as long as its a little running. -Tom

41 posted on 01/09/2014 7:50:35 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: C19fan

There is nothing like the excitement of a 1-0 game. It is fun to play and a good cardiovascular workout but it is unbelievably boring to watch.


42 posted on 01/09/2014 7:51:06 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Dr. Sivana

Rugby evolved out of soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it. In a football match, William Webb Ellis caught a football that was kicked at him (Allowed) at Rugby University in 1823. What he did then was not allowed: He ran with the ball. And someone tackled him and they made this into a new game, called Rugby’s game or Rugby football. American football evolved out of rugby. If you go to South Bend, Indiana and visit the college football hall of fame, and go through the time tunnel, you will recognize rugby. Only 2 times has 15 a side been played in the Olympics, and the USA won them both. In the next summer games in Brazil there will be 7 a side rugby, a really fast and high scoring game.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 7:51:42 AM PST by mfish13 (Elections have Consequences.)
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To: Revolting cat!

44 posted on 01/09/2014 7:52:30 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: C19fan

Are gambling and fantasy football as big with soccer overseas? Because right there are two reasons football will be popular despite the good or bad quality of the game itself.

I definitely don’t like the flopping in soccer, same as in NBA. Maybe they have put a stop to that since I tried watching a few years ago. I definitely don’t like the fruity celebratory dances/chest pounding in football after a 300+ lb behemoth collapses on a loose ball in a blowout.

Freegards


45 posted on 01/09/2014 7:53:23 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: chesley

46 posted on 01/09/2014 7:53:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: mountn man

Game...set....match!


47 posted on 01/09/2014 7:54:09 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: pburgh01

What a pantload. I don’t know who’s worse, some guy who thinks he is a he-man because he played football in H.S., or some guy who pretends that he played football on the internet.


48 posted on 01/09/2014 7:55:13 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: C19fan

The writer supporting soccer and their fans all probably like cats better than dogs.

nuff said.


49 posted on 01/09/2014 7:55:45 AM PST by wildbill
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To: apillar
Sigh...yes. So I've been told by every left-wing globalist since at least the 1970's.

Take a moment and take an unbiased look at some of the world's great rivalries, which make anything American sports can conjure look like nerdball by comparison. You'll find that they are about tribalism and tradition, not globalism. To use just one example -- Rangers/Celtic. British crown vs. Irish Republicanism. In short, The Troubles, and a manifestation of a struggle that has gone on since 1690.

Manchester and Leeds have hated each other since the War of the Roses and that carries over into Manchester United vs. Leeds United. That's not globalism.

"But despite 40+ years of trying, Football is, if anything, more popular now that it was back then and Soccer's popularity (or lack thereof) is virtually unchanged."

Since you don't like globalism, perhaps you could explain why the NFL spends so much of its marketing effort globally, an effort soccer mastered long ago. Meanwhile, you now have American networks bidding big bucks to show the English Premiership and Fox puts the UEFA Champions League on as a regular part of its programming. 112 million people watched at least part of the 2010 World Cup in the United States, a 22 percent increase from 2006.

Sure, the NFL is top dog domestically. Nobody disputes that, and MLS has a long way to go before it even comes close. But to simply dismiss soccer isn't correct. It's the wave of the future and you should get used to it.

And here's the other thing I don't get: with the understandable animus toward Mexico on certain parts of this board, why aren't people rooting for the United States to beat Mexico at its own game, the only high-profile sport besides baseball where the countries meet on more or less equal terms?

And the article leaves out the very best thing about soccer as opposed to American sports: promotion and relegation. You do well, you prosper and get promoted. If you don't, you get punished and dropped a league. That's actually a very conservative principle. In American sports, if you stink, don't worry. Just sell your best players and let your crony capitalist owner pocket the money while you try again next year in the same league.

50 posted on 01/09/2014 7:59:56 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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