I´m personally a basketball fan, but I can´t deny that I love watching soccer games, but, what makes soccer so popular around the world? There are a lot of reasons to be considered; easily the most important one is that it is played globally instead of just in one region.
It is incredible how people around the world live the sport of soccer, as if it is a religion. Soccer is the only sport in the world that is able to paralyze entire cities and countries for one single game.
So, I asked to my friends why they consider soccer so great, and I will give you the best answers:
1. It can be played anyhow, anywhere
The game can be played anywhere where there is space, soccer is one of the few sports that can be played either outdoors or indoors, meaning that the game can be played basically anywhere.
On the other hand, the flexibility the game also has to adapt to the players needs and preferences. If you don’t like one form of soccer you could play another and so on.
2. It´s easy to play
Soccer is one of the easiest sports to play. Most of the times when I ask my friends why they don’t watch basketball or football their answer are: “I don’t understand it.” if they haven´t watched a game before, they won´t understand why a touchdown is worth 6 points or why some points in basket are worth 2 points and others 3. In order for a game to be as popular as possible, anyone that hasn’t seen it before needs to understand the basics of it when they see it for the first time.
People take extremely personal what happens in a soccer game. Competition is something that attracts people to play and specially to watch the game.
4. Internationally played
This is easily what makes soccer the most popular sport world-wide. Most of the sports are played just in one region of the world while soccer is played absolutely everywhere in the world.
On the other hand, soccer has great leagues in every continent; having multiple leagues in many countries opens the opportunity to make international club competitions.
Soccer is so popular because it tries to decentralize competitiveness and promotes the realization of international competitions.
5. The games don´t last long
Baseball games can last on average about 3-4 hours or even more if it goes to extra innings while a soccer match is 90 minutes long, including half time the total time you might spend watching a soccer game is 2 hours. The odds of watching a soccer game completely are higher than in other sports.
6. All players have a chance
Soccer is one of the few sports in which all players have the chance to be in the spotlight.
Everyone on the field, even a goalkeeper, can score a goal for their team. Being in the spotlight is something everyone likes.