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The Future of Soccer in the U.S.

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The future of soccer in the U.S. is looking good – especially for women’s soccer. Soccer fandom continues to grow, and it appears that Hispanic women are the human engine pushing soccer’s growth. Read more below.


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Before I proceed with this week’s story, I want to invite you to also read last week’s article where I critique US Youth Soccer’s lackluster explanation to parents about the life lessons our youth gain from playing soccer. What you are about to read below is a follow-up to that critique. THIS is how you write about soccer! Ole!!!

Stats About the Overall State of Soccer in the US

Soccer is more popular than ever and growing.

  • As of May 2015, over 24.4 million people play soccer in the United States. Reported by Wikipedia
  • In 2017, Gallup reported that soccer was the third-most played team sport in the U.S., behind only basketball and American football. Reported by Wikipedia  
  • According to the study findings reported in this article by Telemundo, close to 1 in every 4 Hispanics consider themselves die-hard fans.

One in Every Four is No Small Potatoes

Remember, there are close to 60,000,000 Hispanics living in the U.S. All of a sudden 1 in every 4 doesn’t sound so bad, does it? That’s close to 15,000,000 die-hard fans. We’re talking about those folks who can’t be disturbed for at least two hours, until “the big game” is over.

Then there’s the millions of regular fans who love the sport, but aren’t ready to devote all their free time to it. Bring the die-hard and regular soccer fans together, and we have a some serious fandom.

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A view of the fans of the Womens World Cup soccer team ticker tape parade in New York City

Stats About the State of Women’s Soccer in the U.S.

Telemendo June 10, 2019 Soccer Article

These statistics come from the June 10, 2019 report from Telemundo entitled HISPANICS DRIVE WOMEN’S SOCCER FANDOM; FOR HISPANIC FEMALE FANS SOCCER IS INEXTRICABLY LINKED WITH HISPANIC IDENTITY, SAYS TELEMUNDO/HOROWITZ STUDY. This is what it says.

  • 58% of soccer fans say they are fans of women’s soccer
  • Fanhood for women’s soccer is strong among Hispanic women, with 54% saying they are fans
  • 62% of Hispanic female soccer fans hope to share their passion for soccer with their children
  • 40% of Hispanics and 24% of non-Hispanics feel that their interest in women’s soccer has grown over the past five years.
  • Half of Hispanics and one-third of non-Hispanics (51% and 35%, respectively) feel that in the next five years, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be equally as popular as the Men’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Half of Hispanics and close to one third of Non-Hispanic (51% and 31%, respectively) feel that men and women soccer games are equally entertaining
  • 51% of Hispanics and 27% of non-Hispanics would like to see more women’s soccer coverage on television.

A Bright Future for Soccer Means a Bright Future for Those in the Soccer Business

I never thought I’d live to see soccer beat any of the original top three American sports in popularity. Now it stands at number three. Clearly, the rapid growth of the Hispanic demographic in the past 20 years has had an impact on soccer’s popularity.

Hispanic Pop by 2060

The projected Hispanic population of the United States for July 1, 2060 is 111.2 million people, or about 28% of the nation’s total projected population on that date. That’s growth by a factor of nearly 90% – almost double the population of Hispanics today.

All trends in soccer’s popularity remaining equal, if the number of Hispanics living in the U.S. nearly doubles what it is today by the year 2060, then we can assume that the same will happen for soccer’s popularity, if not better. That’s good news for the hundreds of thousands of soccer coaches who have carried the torch for soccer – with low to no compensation, and in most cases having to come out of pocket to cover costs.

In Our Next Article

Maybe It’s Time To Start Showing the Grass Roots Coaches Some Love

For decades grass roots soccer coaches across the country have been working for free, or close to it, treating their craft like a full-time job. Some even making full-time soccer coaching their career – figuring out how to pay the bills along the way, but always staying true to the promotion of soccer.

I know two of those coaches. Their names are Coach Beto and Mario Sanchez. Check out their stories. They’re truly extraordinary individuals who embody the behaviors of world-class soccer coaches.

There’s a Lot of Big Games to Watch If You Like International Soccer

How big is professional soccer? Six confederations, dozens of leagues within each, with dozens of teams within each league, and dozens of players on each team.

There are 265,000,000 soccer players world-wide. That’s almost the size of the entire U.S. population.

Soccer is Huge!!!

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