Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Reality, Jun 14, 2014.
I have grown to love soccer. I am a licensed soccer coach. If you would have asked me 20 years ago what sport I would be licensed to coach, soccer would not have even been in the conversation. Alas my kids chose soccer so I swallowed my pride and learned as much as I could about it and became a coach. Funny what you will do for your kids.
PS- Now I love soccer. It may be my second favorite sport behind American Futbol.
I've heard similar stories before...probably because soccer is infinitely more fun to play than to watch, especially if you don't have a good understanding of the game.
That is awesome! I have played all my life and my kids had 0 interest in it as they where racing motorcycles (another family passion) but at 12 my daughter said she wanted to play and then my son at 13, so I started teaching them got my coaching LC just to be legit and now my daughter is 16 and plays at some of the highest level of soccer WA state has to offer and my son just finished his last year of soccer because he joined the Air Force!!
unstoppable so far.
I'm the same way. In 2008 you couldn't pay me to watch it. Gave it a chance in 2009 and it is my second favorite sport as well.
If not for the Cowboys and Fantasy Football it might be my first.
pilling up dollars.....
It is a great game especially when the World Cup is around. We as Americans are getting passionate about the sport as is evident of the number of tickets sold to us for this World Cup. The one thing about American fans with their sports teams is that we are passionate but not too passionate. I still recall when an American reporter asked a Brazliian soccer fan why they take the sport like it is life or death. His reply was " life and death; it much more serious than that."
I wanted to play soccer when I was a kid but my father wouldn't take me to tryouts. Ended up playing highschool football years later and fell in love with it.
Now I have absolutely zero interest in soccer. After playing football I can't watch a sport that doesn't have somewhat regular scoring or regular high impact collisions (please don't tell me they occur in soccer regularly cuz they don't).
Needless to say my interest in football is starting to fade due to there being less and less high impact collisions.
My interest is starting to fade because I get no enjoyment from the Cowboys at all and I don't see this bright shiny future that some of the delusional on here think that Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett are going to bring.
hey,hey hey! save that for the main forum/Fan Zone!
That's where you can be sad
I think this is a huge misconception. Americans are great at celebrating, I don't think, deep-down, it would matter if the World Cup was for soccer, football, tennis, lacrosse, jai alai...whatever.
Its a reason to party and drink on a Tuesday afternoon. Its an excuse to be unabashedly American...as misapprorpiated as that has become. It gives people another reason to thump their chest. Soccer itself is near the bottom of the list of why Americans are watching the World Cup.
I wouldn't use that umbrella for everyone. I know some very passionate fans who watch for the sport...
Yea but that group already watches, I'm more referring to the idea that the popularity of the World Cup is indicative of the sport becoming more popular to Americans.
I hope it is.
I live in NY, So I think you get a bit of both, an excuse to party, and the passion/growth. (also NYC is very much generations of immigrants)
I think with each generation of World Cup watchers the the love becomes richer... I think the success of the US national team will play a lot in that as well.
Props to NBC & Fox for the TV contracts they purchased for the popular premiere leagues.
Well yea, that's kind of my point. Yes, more people will continue to tune in while the US is competitive, but 4 years from now, if they don't qualify, people aren't going to bother to watch I don't think.
Just look at the women's world cup...lots of people watched when the US played Brazil and, in turn, Korea...but how many people are watching women's soccer other than the World Cup?
American fan interest will dissipate if the team isn't any good.