Soccer- The Globalized Sensation

soccer ball
Photo credit: Kiersten Ehr

By: Kiersten Ehr

Ronaldo. Beckham. Messi. Pele. Lampard. Maradona. These are just a few of the world’s best soccer players.
There’s only one sport that is #1 in the world. Soccer (futbol).

Nothing can compare to the globalized sensation that lures fans in by millions upon millions. The numbers are growing rapidly as the fan base continues to soar. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world in player numbers. In the 2006 FIFA Big Count listings, there were 265 million soccer players in the world. With just having the FIFA World Cup in summer of 2014 in Brazil, the global reach surpassed the 3.2 billion efforts for the 2010 South Africa totals.

Living in America here are some reasons why I think soccer prevails.

  • Popularity in #’s 
    -Why look at the most popular sport in the world in player numbers. In the 2006 FIFA Big Count listings, there were 265 million soccer players in the world.
  • Inexpensive $
    Have a budget? Want to play a pick up game with freinds? Try-out  soccer. Just need a soccer ball & some cleats.
  • Time benefits
    If you are like me, I can’t stand useless timeouts/commercials/ that distract from the momentum of sport games. Soccer plays start to finish- with halftime. No timeouts. What a strange concept for most American sports fans. But I’m telling you the game goes by much faster!
  • Concept/Rules 
    If you are completely a soccer newbie like I was a couple of months ago- learning the game and rules is not impossible. The game is easily comprehended by young children to adults. If you understand American Football in the complexity of set plays and regulations learning  soccer will be a piece of cake.
  • Playing Soccer = Fit body 
    If you love running- soccer is the sport for you. Pro athletes run miles in matches adding to their fit physique. I’m telling you the effects of soccer keep you smiling!
  • Atmosphere
    Never watching a soccer game growing up before- I watched the FIFA 2014 World Cup- WOW- The fans go absolutely bonkers. Watching Chelsea English Premiere League games with people from England at college it’s absolutely amazing to see how excited people get when a goal is scored. GOAL! One word brings such joy to soccer fans.Spoken from a real true soccer sports fan in Texas born and raised in England-  Josh Bonnington quotes that “Soccer is the best sport in the world. It’s a beautiful game. Nothing can compare to it. Nothing. Having your team win (Chelsea FC) and be number one in the English Premiere League is brilliant, especially when you can brag to Manchester City fans.”

Here is a YouTube sensationalized video that has peaked with over 20 million views. It’s worth a good laugh! Enjoy.

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