Having no one to support in the top professional leagues is another reason that Americans prefer American football over soccer. 10. American football is more action-packed. Americans love action. They enjoy big hits and aggressive physical plays. American football was designed with physical aggressiveness in mind ‒ the rules even encourage hits that can seriously injure players. Soccer, on the other hand, is slower and less action-packed.
And while American football is the most popular sport in America, football (aka soccer) is the world’s most popular sport. The FIFA World Cup, held every 4 years, is the world’s most popular sporting event with viewership numbers that exceed those of the Olympics.
Soccer is a lot more popular than football. According to the FIFA’s most recent survey, there are over 265 million who are involved in soccer, and that is somewhere around 4% of the world’s population.
American football is a game with intense physical aggression with players that have speed, power, and explosiveness that requires helmets and padding to be worn. Soccer (called fútbol or football in most countries) is the most popular sport in the world.
As nations compete for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Nielsen Sports research shows the popularity of football is growing in the U.S., India and China. While interest in the sport of football (soccer) is lower in the U.S. than most countries, it stands at 32%, up from 28% from four years prior.
While “football” continues to dominate as the most popular sport globally, soccer has been fighting an uphill battle to match the interest of American football in the U.S. However, a combination of factors has significantly helped boost the popularity of soccer in the U.S. Soccer participation rates are on the rise.
1. Football (Soccer) - 4 billion fans. Soccer player on the training field. Image credit: ...
There’s no doubt that the interest and performance of soccer is growing at a rapid pace in the United States, but how does soccer really square up against other watched sports in America? According to a 2018 GallUp poll, 7% of Americans stated that soccer was their favorite sport to watch, ranking 4th behind football, basketball, and baseball, which doesn’t seem so surprising.