Skip to comments.USA World Cup 2014 fever shows popularity of soccer is growing
Posted on 06/20/2014 8:05:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
The US has brought more fans to Brazil than any other country and this may be a genuine tipping point....
A recent ESPN poll found that among Americans aged 12-17, football was now neck and neck with baseball in terms of popularity, and well ahead of ice hockey. A Washington Times survey found that almost a third of Americans planned to watch at least some of the tournament. The New York Times has splashed the World Cup over its front page several times in recent weeks. Beneath the surface, the last four years have seen the emergence of magazines such as Howler and Eight By Eight, covering the game with the same depth and detail as any European publication.
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I have a passing interest, but only because it is going on now. I do not care about keeping up interest in the game at all.
Does it really matter? It’s not a zero-sum game (pun intended). If a soccer fan is created, it doesn’t mean that another sport lost a fan.
I have zero interest in soccer, no one I know has any interest in it either. In fact, we detest the damn game!
Yes, it is growing.
Now more popular than arugula.
Meh, they’ve been saying the same thing for decades now.
I think that is the story that more and more parents are discouraging kids from playing football, because of concerns over injuries and long-term health effects, and soccer is starting to gain popularity with kids who wish to pursue it as their main sport. It is these kids that will fuel the 2018 and 2022 squads, and with better athletes choosing soccer, it won’t be long until the US is producing elite players.
Hey, if more people want to watch soccer then more power to them. I don’t care for it but couldn’t care less if others do. I’d almost always rather go work out or run than watch sports in the first place.
Exactly. I have no interest in football but they tell me its quite popular for some reason.
It’s being hyped more, but nobody cares about soccer.
Which country bought the most tickets for the 2014 World Cup?
The NWO has deemed soccer as the official world sport. They have a hard time selling soccer in the US because we prefer football.
That is the reason that everything is being done to destroy the game of football.
As a one world we must all have the same official sports.
Sad, but you know it is true.
What does the House of Rothschild have to do with soccer?
Yep, it's true. Or paranoid crazy talk from another conspiracy nutter on FR. One of those.
Heck, look at how many non-fans of college basketball, check in and watch March Madness. Its the event, not the sport, just like the World Cup.
could also be both.....
Last night I was torn between watching paint on my porch dry or watching the Japan-Greece nil nil duel. guess what won!
Yep, interest picks up around World Cup time, we hear how soccer is going to be the next big thing, the World cup ends, and then interest in Soccer quickly fades afterward.
Americans will never embrace a sport where faking an injury is a big part of the game.
I see the left pushing soccer for the same reason they push anything else - to undermine our culture.
And so are the number of states that allow gay "marriage"
Brazil: 1,041,418 tickets bought so far
USA: 154,412 tickets bought so far
Australia: 40,681 tickets bought so far
England: 38,043 tickets bought so far
Colombia: 33,126 tickets bought so far
Same here. I'd as soon watch paint dry.
Note the chants of U-S-A! I didn't quite catch any chants of N-W-O, although a creative USA fan should probably come up with one. (I'm in favor of chanting "drop the bomb" if we ever play Japan, but I'm a little weird that way).
Yeah, US Soccer fans are so liberal. /s
More people in US than Aus, Eng, or Col
The wine, the Yankees pitching coach or the jewish billionaires that fled hitler ??
The thing about the World Cup is it’s the opposite of Globalism. It’s unabashed “My Country is Better Than Your Country” Nationalism.
Soccer is just one more way the pussification of America continues to march on.
Tell Clint Dempsey that he’s a pussy. I dare you.
Soccer! For kids who can’t hit a curve ball.
If that were true, you would be world champion, right, sweetie-pie?
You’re fan, good for you. Most people aren’t. No big deal.
In my younger lean and mean days I would tell him in a heartbeat! Today at 50 and not so lean and mean, not a chance!
All joking aside, these guys are world class athletes. There is no denying it. I hate the game for a number of reasons, the biggest is it bores the hell out of me.
You watch, one of these days football is going to be so wussified that nobody will want to watch it anymore.
See post #35 sweet cheeks.
Speaking as a baseball fan, is that why the best baseball players are mostly Latin American?
Perhaps. White kids might avoid football altogether but.I can’t.see MLS becoming more popular than NFL.
A USA soccer fan would say, "if you don't like it, leave."
Please, enlighten us all with your wonderful athletic endeavors, oh great one.
You do have a point. I think one of the reasons that is true is that black Americans have stopped playing the game in huge numbers. The only active great black American baseball player that comes to mind is Andrew McCutcheon with the Pirates. I love watching that kid play.
The Yankees are in on it. ;-)
And not to sidetrack the thread, but the NFL is facing an existential crisis with regard to CTE. The sponsors haven't figured it out yet (and they shouldn't be the first to do so anyway, as long as the money is changing hands), but the owners are either too fat, too lazy, or too stupid to figure it out (again, because of the money most likely).
Some of you clowns on this board have no sense of humor!
As for your stupid keyboard warrior comment, take a look at my profile, you will notice I don’t have to prove anything to you princess.
Youth football participation already declined by over 10%.
This is an excellent point that never (rarely) gets mentioned. It would be like saying a new drink isn't popular unless it meets or surpasses sales of coke and pepsi.