It is not that soccer is not a sport of interest with the young people in America it is that there is just far more interest in the three main stays in US sports; basketball, baseball and our well loved version of football. Soccer has just not made it in as a well loved sport and I cite many reason for that outcome. First the three most loved sports mesmerized our fans for many decades.
Our local communities make sure that children start getting involved in baseball, basketball and football very early in life. The community programs such as YMCA’s and Boys and Girls Clubs of America run facilities with programs for all ages and sexes of children with these games in mind. Search Boys and Girls Clubs on-line and you will find their home page featuring many of these activities and leading the way is usually football and baseball two of Americas great interests. The YMCA programs often lead with basketball as a classic game that they introduce young people to as well as the other to most popular games as mentioned above.
Certainly they offer opportunities in soccer but is just that experience and not a main stay sport. It is where we lead the children that the sports will be most successful. Yes there is tennis, golf, and gymnastics and many more but like soccer these sports tend to take a back seat to the three sports of basketball, football and baseball. Our youth leadership in sports will direct the hot sports in our world and here in the US soccer just does not make the cut. However, the popular merchandise from ThisisAmericanSoccer is quite popular these days.These sports opportunities start before some children even enter kindergarten they are playing on the local T-ball team or the pee wee football league. The TV’s and radios broadcast local football, baseball and basketball games hardly ever do you of other sports like soccer being broadcast over the air. Even your local sports channels such as ESPN tend to cover the three sports more often than the professional soccer games unless it is some top contest.
Maybe it is our lack of experience in the sport that leads to it’s lack of success. According to a US Team Soccer Coach Thomas Rongenour the US lack of success in this sport is lead by “a growing failure in the U.S. game to groom elite young players-unlike in Latin America, where the youth tournament is a major event- was hurting consistency and the country’s game in general.” The US is seen as not taking the sport serious and our players are weekend players and do not take the role as a job as seen in many countries around the world. Ultimately we do not treat this sport as a professional sport as we do the other three ball sports. The lack of seriousness and interest in the sport causes it to not draw attention for strong versatile athletes instead they seek the opportunity to play one of the three sports.
Financially our country is also tied to those three ball sports because realistically there is no way that we can tie anymore money to the sport of soccer based on how much we pay our baseball, football and basketball players professionally. Think about it according to Forbes website it is reported that of the Top 50 athletes over half of them being team sports players for basketball, baseball or football were making money in the tune of 15-20 million including endorsements in their pay check cha-ching!! If that does drive the young children to those team sports what will!! It is no competition for soccer it truly cannot compete with those expectations and all the hype in our media about these top sport games in the US. Let’s just face it soccer just does not make the cut.