Globally, FIFA reported roughly 265 million soccer participants, which makes it the most popular sport from a participation and fan base standpoint. An ESPN poll revealed that second to China, the United States has the highest youth participation rate in soccer with roughly 24.5 million players. And, within the country, soccer is the second most popular sport for youth, trailing only behind basketball.
Soccer is inexpensive to get started. Cleats, shin guards and soccer socks are the only necessary equipment purchases prior to joining a team. Depending on whether a player is joining a recreational or competitive team, participation costs can run anywhere from $250-$550 per season.
Level of Difficulty
Soccer is one of the easier sports to learn because the rules (or Laws) are so simple – there’s only 17 laws (click here to read them). Baseball has 111 rules (with subsections) and American football has over 11,000 rules!
Due to the infrequent stoppage in play, there is a lot of time and space for free play and creativity. There are only a couple of major tactical regulations ,such as offside, that need to be learned before jumping into the sport.
What Are The Rules?
How Long Does it Take to Learn Soccer?
Soccer is known to be the most popular sport in the world, and one of the few that is played in nearly every country. To get a gauge of fan base popularity, in 2014 there were nearly 111.5 million people that tuned in for the Super Bowl and 1 billion that tuned in for the FIFA World Cup Final.
The most common injuries in soccer are sprains and strains of ankles and knees. Although there are other major injuries, such as concussions and ACL tears that can be prevalent mostly at the higher levels, severity and recovery time for soccer injuries tends to be low.
Soccer requires a high fitness ability, specifically endurance and agility. On average, a soccer player will run a total of 7 miles per game, depending on level of participation and position played.
Fitness Components for Soccer