Soccer-the worlds game or whats all the fuss?  

ilikepieandeatit 50M
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6/17/2006 11:51 pm

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Soccer-the worlds game or whats all the fuss?

Ok for those of you who have been living under a rock it's World Cup time again. Soccer has been called the worlds game and it finally don'd on me why it is so popular around the world but not in North American-all you need is a ball and no other equipment its a cheap sport. But I just don't get all of the fuss though.

rm_cockmerollme 46F
1223 posts
6/18/2006 12:17 am

Ok, it's "dawned" in, the dawn came and enlightened you.....

Soccer is amazing..and it's another chance to see world class athletes compete..


ilikepieandeatit replies on 6/19/2006 6:21 pm:
Thanks for the comment and spelling lesson. I will try and watch another game and see if I can "feel" your point of view

honeydipt4u 59F  
122 posts
6/18/2006 12:29 am

mostly in North America soccer/futbol is considered a sissy sport cause they dont have to wear protective pads or helmets...however, soccer is played 45 minutes ON, with a 10 minute half time and 45 minutes on again, no time outs, no stoppage unless the ref calls it and then that "stoppage" time is played after the clock expires for regulation play. only three substitutions are allowed per game. it is not like american rules football where a 60 minute game can take forever to play. soccer is a sport that you either like and support or you dont. i like to watch soccer because it is easier to follow the plays; the players are truly skilled athletes,not depending on brute strength or weight but their speed, endurance,and skill.

meerkittykat 43F

6/18/2006 12:54 am

Soccer isn't popular in the US because we like offense. We like high scoring baseball, football, basketball games. A 0-0 defensive gem in soccer is viewed as boring to most of the US, while the rest of the world sees it as skillful and challenging.

ilikepieandeatit replies on 6/19/2006 6:24 pm:
Sorry I can't agree with you a 0-0 game is boring no matter what sport is being played.

rm_Ellenback 60F
966 posts
6/18/2006 1:26 am

Soccer isn't the name of the game, actually, it is 'Football'...the American style of football is based on rugby, which was called rugby football. The two games are entirely different, like chess, and checkers...



noonerfuninKW 47M
2 posts
6/19/2006 6:11 am

The words "what's the fuss" completely explain why soccer doesn't work as well in North America. I always wondered why soccer/association football has not reached the same passion level on this side of the pond as the other. Could it be that Americans are anti-England (as is natural as they broke away from England and became independent) and wanted to partake in non-England sports, which is why baseball and grid-iron football are more popular? Could it be the "excitement" factor of seeing lots of scoring in sports (which is completely ironic if you've ever been to a 1-0 baseball game that was 3 to 4 hours of totally drawn out boring crap, you'd see the parallel...) Tactics aside, the World Cup is about people just as much as it is about sports. Countries that fought each other in World Wars put their guns down on Christmas Day and what did they do... they played soccer. North America has to finally join the rest of the world and just enjoy it all, without criticism. Figuring out the tactics and truly enjoying the combination of strategy and athleticism will come with time. (Can you tell I've played "the beautiful game" all my life)

ilikepieandeatit replies on 6/19/2006 6:34 pm:
I guess you didn't check to see where I am from. That would be Canada and if you are going to generalize that the U.S.A and Canada are the same thing or place then we have a problem. We are very multicultural here in Canada we encourage "New Canadians" to by hyphened ie Italian-Canadian, Spain-Canadian you can be what ever you want as long as at the end of the day you remember that you are Canadian. Soccer is played and celabrated here amongst the different cultural groups with a frenzy- but as a English-Canadian I just don't see what all the fuss is about. Passing ball back and forth back and forth he trys to kick stopped the ball is kicked all the way down to the other end and it starts all over again for me it's boring.

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