Just as intriguing, for those who like to lambaste American Football being called such when the ball interacts primarily with hands, most of the earliest forms of Football were named thus, not because you kicked a ball with your foot, but because they were played on foot.
Todd, thanks for putting this together. I found this information very interesting and enlightening. I played colege football and baseball and broadcasted both, as well as basketball but I have become a huge soccer fan.
It is more committee meetings than sport! I truly beleive soccer is going to continue to make inroads in the USA. There are so many advantages to playing it.
I am 51 and still playing competitive soccer. Recenlty finshed playing baseball too. I could never do that with American football. I have in mind to work on a piece that demonstrates superiority of soccer over other sports. Thanks again for doing this research. Eric 4 Sep 13 at Todd Boss 4 Sep 13 at This is not so in soccer.
JB 17 Jun 14 at 8: Todd Boss 18 Jun 14 at 9: Every other sport listed has seen a dramatic increase in commercialization in the last 30 years. If soccer ever did take off in the US, salaries would increase as would every thing else. That money would have to come from somewhere.
More commercialsmore stopping time. I feel it would become more on par with basketball if that happened which is still one of my favorite sports Realize of course that I am only talking about in the US your data is from US leagues Charles Bland 18 Jun 14 at 1: But yet salaries and exposure in MLS has only risen.
Nobody would dare to broadcast international soccer that way now. I think advertising on the jerseys helps. I tell you what appeals to me as a soccer fan watching on TV versus the other sports: I know when a soccer match is ending, and I know my time committment is under two hours.
And the ball is really almost constantly moving; the only sport that comes close to action per minute is hockey. Todd Boss 18 Jun 14 at 4: Only thing I want to add is the sport of Rugby has a similar viewing experience like soccer.Futsal is FIFA's officially approved 5-a-side format of football (or soccer).
It might seem similar to playing a-side but there are some important differences. American Football vs Soccer comparison. Soccer is called Association football, or more commonly simply football in most of the world. In America, the word football refers to American football, which has more in common with rugby than with soccer.
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This is the reason why the roles are separated in football, it would be extremely difficult and exhausting for the players to travel up and down an entire meter pitch to play both offense and defense vs a 15 meter basketball court.
Football vs. Soccer Athletes who play football share the same goal as athletes who play soccer: score the most goals to win the game. In football, there are two areas on opposite sides of the field where one can score points by bringing the football over the goal line.
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