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The Development of Soccer in the United States

For many decades, soccer in the United States has been regarded as a fringe sport, usually played only at amateur level. The enduring appeal of American Football, Baseball and Basketball has ensured that unlike in other parts of the world, soccer has not developed into a major popular national pastime. There have been several attempts at reversing this by enticing established global stars and securing the FIFA World Cup in 1994. In the last few years there are positive signs that theses attempts may be effective as the MLS continues to grow by signing players such as David Beckham.The Early Years: There is evidence to suggest that soccer was played in the early parts of the last century in the United States, but despite this, there was no professional league established in the country until the 1960s.The North American Soccer League was a product of regional interest in the game, in particular in areas surrounding New York and New Jersey. During this time, the most prominent club was the New York Cosmos. It m...

 


Major League Soccer - Then and Now

With its primary goal to be the world's most competitive and prestigious soccer league, together with one of America's premier sports and entertainment properties, Major League Soccer is a large part of worldwide soccer news and is making superb strides toward achieving its aim. With six teams comprising the Eastern Conference and the same number featured in the Western Conference, Major League Soccer is going strong with twelve clubs in just its 11th season.On the other hand, soccer news recalls that the league has done great triumphs ever since its inception in 1993. Its inaugural season began in 1995 and soccer news stirred around the new formation of teams, event locations and new players. In 1996, soccer news noted the League's first player draft and spring training. As attendance continued to grow, ESPN started televising soccer news and popularity soared throughout the country. During this year, more soccer news reports and members of the media began covering MLS events. Supporters appeared in large fa...

 


Learn How To Play The Game of Soccer

Diverse types of soccer like competitions have been played as far back as the times of the Romans. However, the U.S. was the 1st British colony to beginning participating in soccer games. As far back as 1609 in the Jamestown colony various forms of soccer were being played. In the U.S. soccer refers to the game where you kick the ball into the opposing team's goal for points. In other countries, soccer is what people in the U.S. would consider football. In mid 2008, several players were inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Canada. These players were; Arthur Arnold, John McGrane, William Flinton, Jack Brand, Jimmy Adam, Bruce Twamley, Constantinos Souplotis, Les Wilson and Walter W. Bowman. It's not only the Americans and Canadians who have a strong soccer history. In fact, much of the world does also. Here is a small list of some of the international soccer competitions that men and women compete in globally; Women's World Cup, Nordic Cup, World Youth Championship, Futsal World Championship, P...

 




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