World cup fever has spread through the United States and some people refuse to embrace it. Unfortunately they aren’t open minded to the “new” sport in the spot light. Every four years I find it exciting to see the world come together and compete against each other in a sport that the red white and blue does not dominate like in the Olympics.
Soccer critics say that the game is too long, there are enough goals to make it interesting, the clock counts up,the ref can control the outcome of the game too much by dictating stoppage time, and there are DRAWS!!! What they have to realize is that it isn’t our game. Americans are use to having sports a certain way. The clock counts down, the refs don’t control the time and there is always a winner.
First, a soccer game is shorter than any other American sporting event. Baseball games are 3 hours, Football games can push 3 and a half hours, hockey and basketball games are about 2 and a half hours. When it comes to soccer, you can bet that it will end in exactly 2 hours.
That isn’t even the best part. You can turn on the game at any time and always see soccer. That may seem straight forward but think about it. How many times do you sit down and throw on the NBA game and it is a commercial or you switch to check the score of the other 1:00 NFL game and the players are just standing around waiting for the refs to make a call or just waiting for the next play. When you turn on a soccer game there is always action because the clock never stops.
Stoppage time is a little shady. There have been quite a bit of gambling problems with referees and giving them the power to control the amount of time left in the game, but in the world cup you don’t have to worry about that because the refs are selected to move on the next round game based on how they score the games before.
What is the difference between watching a 1-0 baseball game that took 3 hours and a 1-0 soccer game that took 2 hours? This world cup has produced more goals in the group stage than any other world cup so there are a lot more goals to keep things interesting.
If none of these arguments convince you to turn on and watch the world cup then don’t worry it will be over in less than a month.