Shifts in the Popularity of American Sports

Retired soccer player and director Claudio Reyna once said, “Over the last 10-15 years, you’ve seen soccer finally start to grow at a fast pace, start to get the recognition it deserves, and I think it has to do with all of the people who come to America from foreign countries.” Soccer is played all around the world, and in almost every country. Some dislike it, and others love it. The question is, will soccer ever be more popular in America than football? The answer is absolutely yes. Soccer will eventually be more popular than football in America because it is already the most popular sport worldwide.


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Not only is soccer played around the world in almost every country including France, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, and even England, but it’s also the world’s most popular sport. Research from Khabir Uddin Mughal published on Sporteology shows that soccer is ranked #1 in popularity worldwide. Knowing this, soccer can easily, over time, grow to be more popular in America than football, which isn’t even in the top 10 most popular sports worldwide.

Based on research by Sean Gregory from Sports Magazine, There is a major increase in Football injuries, such as concussions, that cause lifelong disabilities or even death. It’s only common sense that a sport that is so dangerous, can only be played for so long until it is found too dangerous to play. While soccer injuries aren’t nearly as bad, with the majority of them being torn muscles or sprained ankles.

Soccer will eventually become more popular in America than football because the Hispanic population will overcome any races in America. Based on research from the Pew Research Center, from 2015 to 2065, Hispanic population will outnumber any other race in America. In professional soccer, there are more Hispanic players than any other race.

Some may argue that America will eventually not allow foreigners (such as Hispanics) into the country due to terrorism, drug trafficking, population density, or even an increase in unemployment rates. However, the government makes a lot of money from taxes, and the more people in America, the more taxes paid to the government. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely for the government to completely restrict foreigners from entering and living in America.

Based on this evidence of soccer being the most popular sport in the world and the Hispanic population overcoming America, it’s only obvious that soccer will eventually become more popular in America than football.