There’s no denying that soccer is the most popular international sport in the world. Their fans are
undeniably loyal, enthusiastic and passionate about the game. Americans, not so much. Enter
the World Cup.
Once every 4 years the United States bands together and joins in on the fun. Everyone’s instantly a diehard soccer fan, an expert and more often than not, a former “player” too. But that’s what the World Cup does, it reminds us about the most popular sport in the world. Without it, most Americans couldn’t care less about soccer. It’s maybe the 7th most popular sport in the US behind football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and NASCAR. It’s the sad reality of a sport that the world cherishes.
If you go to any other country in the world, futbol or soccer is arguably their most popular sport. Why? The truth is, soccer is cheap. All you really need is a ball and some space. Every other sport we’ve come accustom to enjoying is far more expensive, something we often take for granted. In a world stricken by poverty, soccer is an escape for so many youths who are looking to have some fun. It’s a release from the harsh reality we often choose to ignore. Because here in America, if it’s not about us, we tend not to care.
The United States needs the World Cup. Not so we can pretend to be fans once every 4 years but to see the importance of soccer on a global scale. As a country, we’re often blinded by our own ambitions. The World Cup cuts through all of that and puts everything on hold as we all witness as one, and watch the beauty of a game we once forgot.
The World Cup is so much more than just a game. It’s an incredible reminder of how a cheap, unassuming sport has taken over the world. Sometimes simple is better.