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I walk in the park with my dogs early in the morning and I finally see it. From daybreak till sunset boys and girls are playing soccer. There's a football field with no yard markers only soccer lines. There are goal posts but underneath are the goal nets. Baseball is played for both boys and girls with good participation. I don't see any football, at all. We football fans are blind, we think football will always be number one without question. The only problem is the generation coming up has found something everyone can play without the violence. I don't know if this should be in Parking Lot or Other Sports, Mods can put it wherever.
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Originally posted by RishikeshA:
I walk in the park with my dogs early in the morning and I finally see it. From daybreak till sunset boys and girls are playing soccer. There's a football field with no yard markers only soccer lines. There are goal posts but underneath are the goal nets. Baseball is played for both boys and girls with good participation. I don't see any football, at all. We football fans are blind, we think football will always be number one without question. The only problem is the generation coming up has found something everyone can play without the violence. I don't know if this should be in Parking Lot or Other Sports, Mods can put it wherever.

My daughter played soccer for the first time this year JV team, the spring league. She's a gymnast and golfer also.

The staring goal keep for Varsity blew out her knee. They moved up our Keep to Varsity. The backup JV keep broke a couple fingers. Then my daughter was like uh I guess I'll play keep cause no one else wanted to. She was stepped on run over kicked in the face etc. Two girls were out because of concussions. Soccer is a violent sport at the HS level. I guess you haven't watched a JV or Varsity game at that level lol.


My son is playing 8th grade football right now and there's 45 kids on the team. They split into two teams and are playing other schools with 50 kids on 8th grade teams some split some not. Our 7th grade team only has 16 kids. One year we have 20 some kids the next year 40 some. It's been that way for the last 6 years. One kid is out with a concussion this year. He showed mild signs of one and it's an automatic 2 weeks on the bench. Back in my day the coach would have hit you on the head and told you to get back in there as long as you can still see. One kid is out with a neck sprain and another with bruised ribs auto week on the bench, no exceptions.

I see the same amount of violence watching both sports.

If parents are worried about kids getting hurt they should all play golf.
I got to second base as a pre teen thanks to Co ed soccer.

"I'll cover Lorena!"
I watch some of the games when the dogs get winded, for the youngsters, 2 or 3 kids hold the ball and make the plays. The others are running up and down the field with their parents yelling and telling them how great they play.
More kids play soccer in the USA than any other sport.


And as far as your comment about no violence, football is the only violent sport for the most part that kids play. Baseball and basketball are still very popular and don't have violence holding them together.
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Originally posted by StOnEy333:
More kids play soccer in the USA than any other sport.


And as far as your comment about no violence, football is the only violent sport for the most part that kids play. Baseball and basketball are still very popular and don't have violence holding them together.

It's because all you need for youth soccer programs is a ball and a local field. It's so easy to run around with a group of kids 10 and under to try and teach them about soccer.

The only outlet for kids 10-14 around here is travel soccer leagues that get very expensive and the travel is crazy. A very high % of youth soccer kids do not play to the High School level.

Lacrosse around here is huge. Lost 10 boys from the football team who are only playing Lacrosse now.

Football, Lacrosse and Soccer are all violent.
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
More kids play soccer in the USA than any other sport.

-Cheapest to play
-Can play anywhere
-Easiest sport to play
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
More kids play soccer in the USA than any other sport.


And as far as your comment about no violence, football is the only violent sport for the most part that kids play. Baseball and basketball are still very popular and don't have violence holding them together.

Depends on the age level....

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/9469252/hidden-demographics-youth-sports-espn-magazine


After age 9, basketball is the most popular.

Soccer is only the 4th most popular sport when kids are Juniors or Seniors in high school.
I wouldn't call soccer "Violent".

It's a contact sport, but the physicality is pretty limited (shoulder to shoulder hits, slide tackles are penalized if not done correctly...).

Football you literally are told to smash into a person as hard as you can.
NFL is THE gladiator event of our times. USA is THE Rome of our times. Until the fall of the empire NFL will be the blood sport of choice. Soccer might be bigger worldwide but those players get a broken eyelash and they fall on the ground writhing in pain. Plus they have there long term head/brain injury issues to deal with. The way our youth are going it will video games played at big arenas and called sport.

Originally posted by KeepRabbitsOut:
NFL is THE gladiator event of our times. USA is THE Rome of our times. Until the fall of the empire NFL will be the blood sport of choice. Soccer might be bigger worldwide but those players get a broken eyelash and they fall on the ground writhing in pain. Plus they have there long term head/brain injury issues to deal with. The way our youth are going it will video games played at big arenas and called sport.

What? Soccer doesn't have a history of head injuries....unless you are meaning the NFL. I can't tell based on the way you wrote the post.

Soccer has about 17 concussions per 100,000 athletic exposure. Football, for comparison, is 64 - 76.8. Well over 3 times more.
Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
Depends on the age level....

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/9469252/hidden-demographics-youth-sports-espn-magazine


After age 9, basketball is the most popular.

Soccer is only the 4th most popular sport when kids are Juniors or Seniors in high school.
I read that. They really took a study of 1 school of 2k kids and used that to chart 21 million kids.
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wot? of course more kids play those gay sports. they take zero talent.
Soccer is a terrible sport. The only reason its the most popular worldwide is because it can be played anywhere, with no need for equipment.

The pro game is like watching guys run long distance track and field, just with a ball thrown in there. And then theres the flopping, which is a huge joke.

Remove alcohol and bitter geographic rivalries, and all you have is a game with a 0-0 score and grown men faking injury on every brush of contact.
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