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Old 06-22-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I think this kinda comes back to the original point. that in the majority of the worlds countries it is the poor mans sport and therefore the universal, but in the US if it requires money for camps and tournaments and registration fees to play at a semi-decent level, then it cannot be the poor mans sport

But in terms of the original question, of what could surpass soccers popularity worldwide - soccer is popular because in the majority of countries in the world you can play at a decent level with no money (and be scouted from complete obscurity)

All sports in the US require a lot of money to play at a high level. Any one on here that played a sport at a high level knows how much it cost to constantly be playing. That includes soccer, football, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, etc. I currently pay $250 a month for my daughter's gymnastics and when she moves to the next level, it will go up another $100.

Soccer is not popular in other countries because it's cheap. I've already shown that any sport can be cheap or expensive depending on what you make of it. These countries that have no money can play any sport cheap. As I said before, it only takes a few bucks to play any sport. Hell, you can play most sports for free if you get creative. We use to make footballs by balling up a bunch of socks together. You can play baseball with a rock and a large stick. You can play hockey with same way.

Why soccer is popular across the world is because it is the beautiful game. It is a great sport and that is why it is the world's greatest game.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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they can play any sport cheap but can they play any sport to a good level cheap?

a different tack might also be - if we were to take...England for example, most of the things that you have in your cost level wouldn't really apply, there would be adequate full pitches available in all cities, no camps or anything like that.

doing it cheap in one country may be at the level of doing it expensive in a different country
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Okay, I think we are missing each other here.

If I get what you are saying, you are saying that soccer is popular in most countries because it can be played cheaply where other sports cannot. In other words, it is the "poor man's game".

My point is that any sport can be played cheaply. Kids can go to the local park, field, street, or whatever and play whatever sport cheap or even free if they are creative enough. This does not separate soccer from other sports in that regard. The reason soccer is popular worldwide has nothing to do with cost. It is popular because they love it. It is what every kid for the last several centuries have grown up playing. It is the same reason football and baseball are so popular here, they are the games of our culture whereas soccer is the game of almost all of the other countries culture.
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Do you think basketball or football could ever have as many fans and excite the world the way soccer does? Maybe in 20 years?
Probably not. Between the two, though, I think basketball stands the best chance.

I agree with Robb that you can play pretty much any sport at a relatively low cost. I suppose you could even play polo as a kid if you have a dog that's large enough.

But I do think basketball has some advantages over other sports. You can play one-on-one, three-on-three, 21, All-Man, H-O-R-S-E, Around the World, or just practice dribbling the ball by yourself much like kids who play soccer. American football is not so diverse in the things that you can do without having at least three other people around. In soccer, I'm not so sure what people do when there are only 3 or so people around, but I'm sure people are creative. There's probably a soccer version of "21" in Rio de Janeiro.
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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i think cost isnt a primary or conscious reason that it is popular in most countries but a contributory, historical and underlying factor, the financial and logistical barriers to entry are low - but also the financial and logistical barriers to entry are low even at a good level (where scouts for professional clubs in the top leagues may be, esp under 16s)

I think any sport can be played cheaply but as it gets more organized if costs go up significantly or logistics get more difficult then its universality begins to falter.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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One thing no one has mentioned is that soccer scales well. A 1v1 game allows people to do say 75-80% of what you can do in a full game. By the time you get to a 3v3 game you're basically playing a full game. The only big American sports that do this are hockey and basketball which scales even better than soccer.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:32 PM
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Soccer is the most popular sport worldwide and will continue to be so for generations to come. No point in arguing about this.

Btw, there is a growing popularity in Dodgeball right now around the U.S. Some proponents think it should be an Olympic sport one day...lol..
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: THE THRONE aka-New York City
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If you travel outside the US, you will see how vast the rest of the world is. A big chunk of this vastness are diehard futbol (soccer) fans. All of Latin America, Europe, Africa and somewhat Asia heil futbol as their favorite sport.

Anyone realize how popular Manchester United is? They have hundreds of millions of fans worldwide...one source claimed the team has 300 million fans. ****, that's more than all NFL teams combined.
The NEW YORK YANKEES surpassed the MANU in Brand strength. And the yankee logo is bigger and more recognized than anything overseas
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Few people give a toss about baseball or baseball teams. The Yankee logo is big because the hat is ubiquitous in general American culture, which we export to the world.
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Few people give a toss about baseball or baseball teams. The Yankee logo is big because the hat is ubiquitous in general American culture, which we export to the world.
"I made the Yankees hat more famous than the Yankees can" - Jay-Z (2010)
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