Soccer Has A Long Way Go

By: William Bishop

I was a little weary to even bring up the sport of soccer but I can just not help myself. I know that it wants to become big in the United States but that is never going to happen. The problem is that is just too boring to watch on TV. They do not score enough goals and the score always looks so low. It completely reminds me of hockey just without the ice and ice skates. The basic rules are all the same and so are the scores. If hockey hasn't been able to make it neither will soccer.

The one way that it might become more interesting is if soccer would consider changing the rules a little bit. They should try to make it more like football in America. For every score you could just add six points instead of one and a free kick like a field goal. This would run up the score and look a lot more like football scores. This seems to be the same problem with baseball today also. More people are continuing to stop watching the sport just because the scores are so low. I know it sounds ridiculous but it is the truth. And I do not think it is going to change any time soon.

Bringing a washed up player to America, David Beckham, was a mistake. In soccer, older people at the age of 32 usually do not continue to play at a high level. However, considering our soccer players are a lot worse than the others in the world he probably will succeed. It was a way to try and get people to notice soccer and have some interest in it. The truth is, the only place I think it has helped it is in California where he plays for the LA galaxy.

Soccer is becoming very popular in the states to play and it's mostly because other sports are a lot harder to play. The reason, people can catch on to soccer very easily. When I was in high school the kids that could not play other sports played soccer. They need a lot of players on the field so that it gives many different kids opportunities to play in the game. As many people that played it in high school, it is sad that it will continue to still be boring to watch for Americans.

The more foreigners we get in America, the more soccer will become popular. However, I do not believe that it will ever be able to compare to any of our major sports like football, basketball, and baseball. It has to catch up in America just like our major sports have to catch up to in other countries. Even though our major sports like basketball and baseball are taking bigger strides in other countries than soccer is in our country.

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