You aptly pointed out the flaws of soccer. I'll add, if they took away three players and shortened the field, soccer would be an interesting game. It's like if you had ten players per team on a basketball court. The court would be too crowded, and even Michael Jordan would have a difficult time scoring. What soccer needs, as has pointed out millions of times by bored Americans, is more scoring. Obviously, most of the soccers fans in the world are more than content with their low-scoring, soporific sport. Until the rules change, I won't be a fan.
Any sport can be boring if you’re not vested in it, if you don’t follow a particular team.....I mean how boring is a baseball game between two teams you don’t care about?
It takes time to learn the teams and players and traditions of the game. I got into the EPL a few years ago, I started learning about the teams and their histories, and now, I follow the EPL more than I do even the NFL. I have since expanded that to Europe, in general, the Italian, and Spanish leagues and the UEFA Champions League.