Soccer Continues Its’ Climb In Popularity
Posted by Nancy on March 29, 2011
It may be true that the U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where soccer is not considered the premier sport. That, however, may be changing as interest increases steadily for this sport that has for many years been the most popular sporting activity in many countries around the globe.
The earliest versions of the game of soccer go back some 3,000 years and took place in Japan. History tells us that the players used a hair-filled leather ball which was obviously quite different from the high luster, air filled soccer balls available today. We know that a game similar to what is played today was being played in the early nineteenth century in England. By 1904 there were teams from seven countries in Europe which organized under the title of Federation Internationale de Football Association ( FIFA). Today there are no fewer than 208 national teams that are part of this association.
Soccer has become a big business in the U.S. with new stadiums being built to accommodate increasingly competent teams and the thousands of spectators who come out to watch them play. In addition to that, the media has become more enamored with the sport of soccer and has increased air time for this sport making it possible for millions of people to get involved in the excitement from their own living rooms.
Professional soccer is not the only level of the game that has seen increased interest. Soccer has become a popular sport among high school athletes as well as intermediate school students and even those in the elementary grades. Stars of the sport have emerged and talented, well-known players have a sizable fan base who are happy to wear their idols numbered soccer jersey on as many occasions as possible.
As soccer continues to infiltrate the sporting landscape of the United States, we will likely see more interest, more teams and more fans as time progresses.