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Going Forward: What’s Next For Soccer?

The Women’s World Cup final was played July 14. The United States lost to Japan in a penalty shootout. The two teams ended regulation tied 2-2, but the Japanese outscored the U.S. 3-1 on penalty kicks. The U.S. lost leads of 1-0 and 2-1 which led to the penalty shootout. 

So despite a valiant run the U.S. women came up just short. This is not good for their sport and American soccer. The women needed to win in order to have any real chance for their sport to grow in this country. Now, after four long years of preparation they have failed to create the momentum needed to raise fan interest. 

Both men’s and women’s professional soccer have struggled for years to take hold in America. For many reasons. The game does not have enough home grown star players for fans to follow. There is really no interest in college or minor league teams in the United States. There is not enough scoring. And there is no element of speed or power to draw fans to the game. 

 

The game is very popular among young people and their parents as soccer leagues and complexes have sprung up all over the country. But this has not translated to more fan interest in the professional game. From a public relations standpoint the game has done all it can. It has reached out to its fans. It has gained recognition on television, newspaper and social media. It has donated time and money to youth. But soccer just can not break the stranglehold that football, baseball, basketball and hockey have on America. 

Many people have come up with ideas as to how soccer can do this. Most of them concern changing the rules of the game. But the rules are not soccer’s problem. Soccer’s problem in America is that it has no genuine U.S. superstar. 

Every sport in America that has become popular has had an American born athlete who transcended it with their stardom. From Red Grange in football and Babe Ruth in baseball back in the 1920s, to Gordie Howe in hockey in the 1960s and 70s and Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in basketball in the 1980s. When boxing was popular it was because the heavyweight champion was an American. Since the championship belt has gone overseas, interest in boxing has waned. 

Women’s soccer will never really be more than a niche sport, but it could rival women’s tennis and golf with the right athlete as its front-line star. Mia Hamm was that person back in the early 2000s, but she wasn’t enough to keep the sport going.The women need someone to do for them what Cheryl Miller did for college basketball in the 1980s. A player who is so dominant that people can’t help but watch. 

 

As for the men, they need a dominant player also. A player with charisma who can score and bring fans to their television sets and the stadium. And he has to be American born. The sport tried with David Beckham, but it just didn’t work out. The English-born Beckham came with a high price tag and never really lived up to his billing here in the states. Sports fans who did not follow soccer took a wait and see approach with Beckham and decided he was not worth their time. 

No, the U.S. needs someone who starts out as a child prodigy and works his way up through the ranks on American soil. He must be so good that international teams want him. And the United States must get him to stay. 

In return, this star player has to do the one thing which might vault soccer into America’s conscious. He must lead the country to a World Cup final. And win it. 

Until the U.S. men win a World Cup championship with a home-grown superstar it will never reach the status of the sports Americans watch today. 

In conclusion, American soccer has reached a nadir point due to some abysmal performances in the past and it is high time that it bounces back into the big league and reclaim its credentials at global level by hiring competent players. It is not that difficult as there is talent brimming all over the states, despite fierce competition, and the platform is quite big. A few excellent players and we would see David Beckham meeting Nasser-Al-Khelaifi for the next FIFA world cup.  

Snorkeling: A Great Summer Activity

Since years past I have enjoyed snorkeling in different water habitats. While that first snorkeling trip was conducted on a shore reef in Mexico, I found that wide range of underwater worlds fascinating to explore. Snorkeling is relatively easy, especially with some practice. One only needs a good set of fins and snorkel gear and a clear body of water to explore. While one can visit reefs in the Caribbean or other seas of the world, there are also many water habitats to view in the US. During the summer months, there tends to be more life in the water including plants, fish, and other creatures. Although summer can also bring problems such as underwater pests including jellyfish and dead spots, it is often the best time to explore an underwater world.

While exploring underwater reefs in the warmer waters of the Caribbean may be fascinating to many, it is not the only possibility for snorkeling. Believe it or not there are countless wonders to explore in both freshwater and saltwater habitats throughout the US. Finding the best spots can be tricky sometimes. Few sites list spots that are good for snorkeling and most snorkeling websites deal with southern habitats found in the Caribbean or in Florida. While these areas are great for snorkeling, there are other areas that are noteworthy for snorkeling.

My personal snorkeling experience has included snorkeling in rivers, lakes, creeks, bays, and even the ocean. I greatly enjoy visiting underwater habitats that have plant life, fish, and even rock formations. During one trip to the Delaware Water Gap National Park in Pennsylvania, I viewed amazingly large catfish at over fifty feet at the bottom of the river. They were literally over three feet in length to my eyes. In the Chesapeake Bay, I watched crabs crawling over the surface of the muddy bottom. In lakes I have seen schools of different types of fish swimming in clear water. Sometimes even basic swimming beaches found at nearby lakes and rivers can be interesting to explore.

While there are great sights to see underwater, not every body of water is suitable for snorkeling. Many lakes have muddy bottoms that can make the water difficult to view through a mask. Harsh rapids in a river can also be dangerous physically. Some lakes or rivers have speed boats that may speed by uncomfortably close. Then there are jellyfish, snakes, and even parasites. Unlike chlorinated pools, open water environments can hold lots of germs. Sometimes certain bodies of water are closed for any water recreation due to biological germ outbreaks. It is for this reason that is often best to wash after snorkeling, or swimming, in an open body of water.

Exploring underwater habitats can be different from a reef system. Unlike reef systems which are wondrous in their density of life, many water habitats have life spread out over larger distances. One may not find fish or plants for quite a distance. In river habitats, one may see countless of rocks without a sight of life. Snorkeling in these different habitats can require more time to explore and sometimes patience as well. Some bodies of water may very little visible life.

Some of the more interesting scenes found included underwater tree roots that provided havens for schools of fish. In the Chesapeake Bay there are also grass beds that are home to young fish and other life forms. Many types of plants can be interesting as well. In many lakes there are numerous forms of plant life arising from the bottom. Natural rock formations can be fascinating to view from below. Then there is the act of simply watching an underwater habitat underwater over the course of a time period. Many fish may be too shy to swim by when first entering the water but over time they may emerge to be more visible. Often patience and time will reveal very interesting sights below the waterline.

While snorkeling does require some comfort with water and knowledge of swimming, it is surprisingly easy once one gets the hang of it. Exploring the wide range of habitats underwater can open one’s eyes to nature below the water line. For me it is a fascinating way to view a different realm of life rarely seen from above. While not every body of water is as suitable for snorkeling, one can often find interesting sights in lakes and rivers nearby. During the summer months, many bodies of water are warmer and have greater densities of life than in during the colder months. Snorkeling is also a great way to get “away” from it all and conduct a private retreat that is both relaxing and fascinating.

In conclusion, snorkeling is a sport that is one of the best ones to bring out the rebellious side of your personality that has been buried deep within since ages and gives you an adrenaline rush that lifts your mood to a whole new level. But it should be done safely and it is only possible through face masks of snorkeling that do their jobs perfectly. For different brands, you can look up the best snorkel mask at snorkelstore.com to get a general idea about them.

State Few Of The Benefits Of High Altitude Training Of The People Indulged In Sports

People who are into sports need to make sure that they are healthy and they are strong as well. They need to undergo a lot of exercises and pieces of training to maintain their body and strength. They are also made to train very hard in sever conditions to prepare them to face any kind of serious or severe condition amidst the game. Many things are taken care of for them. Several exercises are done by them in the higher altitudes as well. This is to make them strong and increase their strength.

They are supposed to complete all these exercises and training before they go for their games. They also need to go through some severe training sessions where they are trained to fight certain situations and survive in them and altitude training is one of them.

What are the benefits of high altitude training?

There are some benefits of the high altitude training that the people in sports have to go through. They are:

The altitude training increases their lung capacity eventually making them accustomed to consuming more oxygen in lesser time.

This also increases their muscle strength.

Altitude training also prepares them to face any kind of adverse situation.

It also makes them stronger.

These are a few of the benefits of the altitude training they are taken through.

Why the people in sports are trained so much?

The people in sports are trained a lot to maintain their body stamina. It is to make sure that they do not suffer from any kind of lack of energy when they are in their game. They need to have the good muscle strength and body strength as well. This is why they are trained and made to exercise so hard.

Thus, people in sports are trained in very adverse situations. The high altitude training is also one of them.