Why Do Americans Dislike Soccer?

All right, so not all of us, especially Phoenix Criminal Defense really do dislike the sport. But you have to admit, most of us prefer the American classic baseball or the more aggressive players that involve themselves in football. It’s not cold enough here to really fall in love with hockey, but we would if that were the case. We like games that get heated. The sad reality is this: soccer players definitely don’t get the same kind of love or respect that those who play other sports do. They aren’t given the same opportunities as their counterparts on the other side of the ocean. Really, though–why do Americans dislike soccer so much?

Even though we tend not to like it as adults, it remains supremely popular among children. Millions play it, and most of those kids learn something from their experiences in the sport, whether that’s discipline and patience, or how to better avoid injury when people are chasing after you and a ball. There are a number of reasons why it doesn’t catch on when we’re adults. Primarily, we never really got that good at it. It doesn’t feel like it’s ours, and so psychologically we don’t give it our “all.”

Sports in America are like wartime strategies in the ancient world. One country might have great archers because of their superior bowstrings, while another country might have a superior infantry because of unique weapons or tactics. In America, the weapons we’ve forged over time are the ones that matter the most, and we’ve forged basketball players and football players to be the best of the best. We expect them to win, and they do.

It’s for that same reason that we don’t fully appreciate any game that can result in a tie. We don’t like truces. We don’t like shaking hands. We like demolishing our enemies in a single sweeping motion and routinely declaring victory while we smile and chastise our enemies. It’s the American way, and we’re really, really good at it. A lot of soccer games–and we mean a lot–result in ties. That’s fun when you’re a kid and don’t want to feel like a failure. That’s good for a child’s coach who wants to teach the team that winning isn’t everything and that it’s how you play and the effort you give that matters the most. But for an adult who just wants his team to rise to the top, that’s not cool at all.

Soccer also tends to lead to a bit of confusion for both the spectators and the players. We like to know exactly when a game will end, but soccer doesn’t work that way. If injury time is added at the culmination of a game, no one knows when that game will end. That’s also not cool. There are also a number of calls that can completely turn the outcome of a game on its head–and often. On top of all that, our understanding of what makes a team “good” doesn’t always make sense when we’re watching a soccer game. The scores don’t get too high, and just because you control the ball more often than the other team doesn’t necessarily mean your team has a higher chance of winning. It just doesn’t work that way, and we just don’t like that.

Why is soccer such an unpopular and disliked sport in America? There may be a number of reasons, and most are probably deeply ingrained into the psychological conditioning of our society. For better or for worse, it is what it is and it probably won’t change anytime soon. At the end of the day, it’s just a preference.