NFL: Why Football Should Be Discarded in Favor of Soccer

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NFL: Why Football Should Be Discarded in Favor of Soccer
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The National Football League (NFL) is the most popular league in the United States. With an average attendance of around 66,920 fans per game, it remains the best attended league in the entire world.

Its closest competitor is the German Football League, the Bundesliga, who has approximately 25,000 less supporters per game.

Football is beloved by an overwhelming majority of the American population, and football takes center-stage in many magazines, TV shows and movies. Even the standard American hangout amongst average joes is synonymous with people gathered around the TV set, sipping on some ice-cold beers and watching their beloved sport.

Football ignites the imagination of millions of Americans, the standard cliché being that the most popular person in school is indeed the quarterback. As its popularity has soared, so have the number of people getting into the sport.

However, I am of the conviction that this limelight should be shifted to some other sport, because in many ways, football falls short in several categories. The other sport is, of course, soccer (soccer is used here to designate distinction, and is not a word I use primarily), a sport played and beloved by millions around the world.

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world—played by 250 million players in over 200 countries. Nothing unites the whole world as soccer does. So what benefits does soccer present over football?

Let us observe.

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