When you think of the sports culture that exists in our country, you immediately think of basketball, baseball and American football.
These sports have become an integral part of American society’s culture.
When I was just five, my father brought me to my first soccer match...
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This “universality” of the “world’s most beautiful game,” however, has somewhat failed to hold in the United States.
In comparison to nations worldwide, the United States lacks the fervor and passion surrounding the world’s most popular sport.It is interesting to note, however, that the lack of beauty would be expected if there was a lack of participation in playing at the youth level.However, we do see lots of youth participation, so the beauty that is not appreciated is a bit paradoxical.However, this national rally behind a sport does not exist for soccer.These other sports have been seen as “crowding out” soccer, leaving no more available “sport space” for Americans to undertake.Soccer just simply is not as deeply rooted within the culture as other more “traditionally American” sports, such as baseball, basketball and football.This, however, does not mean that Americans do not consider it to be the “world’s most beautiful game.” The game still holds an integral part of our culture and lives as Americans.To me, football is more than just a sport, it has moulded me into who I am today.The thrill of playing and watching soccer is unparalleled and football is capable of bringing communities and families together.In a soccer match, some of the best plays and true beauty of the sport may be seen in the times not directly resulting in goal.When this appreciation of the true beauty is missing, there is no doubt that the 90-plus minutes of a low-scoring game will result in some very bored viewers.