Will the us adopt soccer like the rest of the world
Surname 1Name:Course:Instructor:Date: I have known John Scot since our days in high school. He was one of the few soccerplayers in school. As I watched Scot coach our local Major League Soccer (MLS) team on thesoccer field, I could not help but reminisce on our high school days. Back then, football was thesport of the day followed closely by basketball. No one gave a second thought to sports such assoccer. In retrospect, this was because we were brought up in households that barely knew therules of soccer. Soccer is a world sport that is embraced the world over (McDougall 26). However, in theUnited States, it takes a back stage in preference to other sports. This is seen from the amount ofcoverage given to soccer compared to other sports. Scot was a professional athlete back in highschool. He loved playing soccer, which earned him a sports scholarship to further his educationwhile playing. He later represented the country in international matches and tournaments.However, he was forced to retire at a prime age of 25 years due to a knee injury that ended hisplaying career. However, this did not mark an end for his love for the game. Scot afterrecovering returned to our hometown and set up a soccer academy with an aim of helping straychildren keep out of trouble. He assembled local boys who liked the game but lacked the passionor facilities to follow their love.
Surname 2 As a sports journalist, I have covered many different personalities over the course of mycareer. When given the assignment by my editor on soccer adoption in America compared to therest of the world, I could only think of one person. In my research, I had found out that soccer islike a religion in some part of the work like South America. In European countries, stadiums arefull every week and some times during the week with loyal club supporters who come to cheeron their teas. Soccer personalities in countries such as Spain and England earn much more thansome of the giant sport personalities here in the United States (Wangerin 103). I had scheduled an interview with Scot to shed insight in the soccer situation in thecountry. Scot invited me to one of his games and promised me an interview later on after thematch. As I sat on the bleaches, I could not help but marvel at Scots’ love for the game. From asfar back as I could remember him; Scot had a ball in his arms or legs. He was a soccer fanaticwho would not be persuaded otherwise on the sport. After the match, which Scots team worn,there was not as much commotion as I had expected after seeing some European and SouthAmerican matches (Szymanski et al 52). I later came to learn from Scot that there was not asmuch enthusiasm in soccer compared to other countries. To learn more, I proceeded to ask himquestions I had prepared in readiness for the meeting:How long have you been involved in soccer?From an early age of three, my father said I took to soccer as fish takes to water. It is a beautifulgame that I love and enjoy. It is a pity I had to end my playing careers early.Nevertheless, I see you are doing quite well for yourself even getting recommendations to coachthe national team
Surname 3The journey I have been on has been a bumpy one. After rehabilitation from my injury, I decidedto give back to football what I had given me. I dedicated all my time in developing football bothlocally and in the country as a whole. It was not until the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals, whichwere held across nine cities in the United States that soccer earned its true place in people’shearts. I remember we were still in high school back then like it was just yesterday. My dreamwas to one day represent my country at a world cup final. Since then, my dream has not changed.I am humbled and fluttered to be considered for the open position of national coach.What are your views on American Soccer compared to other countries? Over the past years, we have seen significant improvement in almost every front. Fromawareness creation, to sponsorship, to the emergence to exemplary talent, I can attest I have seenthe sport grow. Over the years, we have exported talent to some of the best leagues in the worldwhere they have shown their true potential. However, more still needs to be done to promote thesport. We have started promoting the local league. The arrival of international stars like iconicfigures as David Beckman and Thierry Henry, though in their twilight years has immenselybenefited the league. More people throne the stadiums in support of their local teams.After my insightful meeting with Scot, which had given me a truly professional insight into thesport, I embarked on a task to answer some of the questions on the adoption of soccer in Americafrom an informed point of view. The questions are: 1. Will the US adopt soccer like the rest of the world? 2. Can the passion for soccer in America reach the levels seen in countries in Europe?
Surname 43. What positive attributes of the game can the United States import from the more developed countries?4. What areas should the football governing body focus on to ensure sustainable soccer development?5. What needs to be in place to help in the planning and growth of soccer?6. What are the main challenges that soccer in the United States face?7. As a sport, what aspects of competition hinder soccer development?8. What are the effects of negative publicity to the sport?9. How can stakeholders collaborate with other sporting activities to ensure development of soccer?10. What does soccer need to borrow from other successful sport in the United States for success?11. How can the country learn from other sports in an attempt to promote soccer?12. What impact has the influx of international stars in their twilight had on the sport?13. How can the influx of foreign players be used to develop local talent?14. What role does the local authorities and residents play in adopting the sport?15. Which facilities need to be in place to ensure that soccer is developed from the grass roots?16. Is the country in apposition to host another world cup final successfully?
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