As of now, baseball can be considered as the most popular sport in the USA. However, baseball will only be able to hold its position just for a few more years. That’s because the overall popularity of soccer is rapidly increasing within the country and soon it will surpass the popularity of baseball.
Plenty of signs are available to highlight and showcase that more and more people are getting attracted towards soccer. Even the nationwide soccer games receive a lot of attention, and people tend to go ahead and publish posts about them on social media networks. This trend was not there a few years ago. It is one of the most definite signs, which indicate how the popularity of soccer in the USA is increasing along with time.
People in the USA gather to enjoy soccer games, even if their national team is not playing. If you are not convinced, you are strongly encouraged to walk into a pub on a Saturday morning, where an English Premier League match or a World Cup match is taking place. Apart from pubs, the parks are also packed with people, who are enjoying every bit of the game. The entire country is feeling the energy of soccer, and they seem to love the game a lot, regardless of the team, which is playing the match.
Along with the development of technology, it has become quite easy for the people in the United States to get hold of the top European league matches. They can watch the games on the internet or directly from the television. As a result, people in the USA have started building up relationships with recognizable international soccer players.
On the other hand, the two-hour soccer games seem to be appealing for the millennials who live in all parts of the United States. They are not willing to commit three or four hours to enjoy a football or a baseball match. Instead, they prefer to enjoy a two-hour football match. MLS is rapidly being expanded to some of the booming markets that you can see in the country. Portland, Atlanta, and Orlando hold a prominent place out of them.
Along with the increasing popularity of football, more people have started playing the FIFA video game as well. If you take a look at the stats of the FIFA video game in the USA, you will be able to get a clear understanding of this fact. The younger crowd is moving away from the popular sports in the USA like baseball, and they get attracted to soccer.
This trend is expected to continue. If that continues, we will be able to notice soccer as the most popular sport in the USA by 2026. It will be able to surpass the popularity of baseball and go on a long journey. When soccer becomes the mainstream sport of the country, you can even expect the national soccer team of the USA to perform better in the upcoming matches.
Since its inception in 1985, Player of the Year award recipients, in multiple branches of sport, has gone to win countless professional and college championships. Previous recipients who have gone on to become household names include Abby Wambach, six-time US Soccer Athlete of the Year, and twice an Olympic gold medallist; American football star Peyton Manning; NBA’s Karl-Anthony Towns, and Derek Jeter, who plays Major League Baseball.
Each year a selection committee made up of sports journalists, and coaches, trainers and administrators choosing national winners from 12 different sports – boys’ and girls’ soccer; American football; girls’ volleyball; boys’ and girls’ basketball; baseball, softball, and boys’ and girls’ cross country and track and field.
The 12 winners are then whittled down to one male and one female athlete, who then earn the accolade Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.
Awards are based not just of athletic excellence, but also high academic standards, and the demonstration of exceptional character on and off the pitch.
While soccer is a growing sport in the United States, it continues to lag behind Europe and South America when it comes to the development of the game, and few American male soccer stars have yet to emerge.
With the women, though, it has been different, and the USA has established itself as the most international team of all, with four World Cups (including in France this year), four Olympic gold medals, and eight regional CONCACAF Championships to their name.