World Soccer Stinks In The United States. I Know How To Fix It.

Owen MarksContributor ISeptember 20, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01:  Soccer Legend Pele announces the return of the New York Cosmos at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on August 1, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Cosmos)
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Soccer is abhorrent to watch. Please keep your ,"You don't understand the sport" and it's the "beautiful game", to yourself. I and many like me in the USA,  would change the channel from soccer for dog racing.

I understand that world wide, more people watch soccer than any other sport. The world can keep watching because here in the USA we're watching football, basketball, baseball, hockey, fighting sports and some form of racing.

Don't believe me about soccer's popularity? Maybe you'' believe this guyBy Expert Author: Mohan Mittal   and I quote  

 You may be asking “Where is golf and soccer on this list?” Well, although both sports are gaining in popularity, neither one meets the level of fans of the sports listed above. .Copyright © 2005 - 2010 by Larry Lim, Singapore - Article Search Engine Directory at™.  I have no idea who this guy is but he agrees with me and his site is recent.

This is a more statistically more accurate source.

Here's attendance:

Rank- League- Average Attendance Per Game of League

1) NASCAR- 200,000 - 300,000
2) NFL- 67,738
3) FBS- 46,971
4) MLB- 32,717
5) MLS- 16,464
6) NBA- 17,394
7) NHL- 17, 265
8) AFL- 12,415
9) WNBA- 8,039
10) NCAAB- 5,277

Nice right soccer fans. But that doesn't actually tell the story. A Harris poll does and it reads this way.

1) NFL
2) MLB
3) FBS
5) NHL
6) NBA
6) PGA
9) MLS
9) PBA
9) Horse Racing Copyright © 2010 Sports: A Game Of Inches.

Major League Soccer (MLS) is in a statistical tie with bowling and horse-racing. Horse-racing is a sport that is slowly disappearing for goodness sakes. That is not good. Also this source is not bad and it's worth reading this article. We however must move on.

People argue that we have people coming into the country that love the game of soccer. That may be true but they seem to be finding their way to the other sports we have available. After all choice does breed interest in other things..

OK enough with the facts, dubious or otherwise. Here's how we fix this thing.

One: Soccer was big when Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Dico) also known as  Pele played for the New York Cosmos in the 1970's. Beg him to take over as President Emeritus of an American soccer league. He knows soccer in all aspects but his primary job would be simply to promote soccer. I know, I could less about soccer but if Pele's in the house, so am I.

Two: Give this thing a definitive season and somehow arrange it so the winner plays the world soccer champion. This way you give Americans ownership of wins and losses. It doesn't matter who is playing for the USA squad, it only matters that they wear the Red, White and the Blue proudly. Also they need to fight like there is no tomorrow. In a bit, North Americans would want to play in this league so they could be part of the group taking on the world.

Three: Get some cheerleaders. No one CARES from where these women hail. Only that they cheer for all they are worth and don't mind being photographed.

Four: Make sure tickets and concession prices are reasonable. This will build a grass-root following. Hey, we watch cars go around in a circle, so I think this will attract people.

Five: Modify the rules so there is more contact not less. No wants or needs a brawl. No wants or needs hockey contact either. Let's just ease up on the yellow cards and red cards. If the contact does not alter the play let it go. North Americans like contact and plenty of it.

Six: The lead umpire is going to have explain why he makes certain calls. All this secrecy has to go. We will also need at least one coaches review of a controversial play, per game, just to shake things up.

Seven: Let's cut down on the time. This thing is too long. Two 45 minute halves is not gonna do. How about four 20 minute quarters? If OT is needed then you get one 10 minute period and then penalty kicks. Or penalty kicks are only necessary in the playoffs and tied games, during the regular season are left tied. I still think I'll be propping my eyes open, but this is better. 

Eight: Get promotional tie-ins. For instance,come to a soccer game and then get discounted tickets to professional football, basketball, apparel etc. Listen I know the tie-in to a pro game might not be easy but promotional and marketing material which gives the fan, free stuff, can be done. 

Okay let's give this a whirl and see if we can get some interest hmmm?

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