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Are Football and Soccer Seen as Two Entirely Different Games?

Posted By 90Soccer.com On Nov 17 2010 @ 1:14 pm In Soccer | No Comments

By Jennifer Juneau

As an American sports fan living in Europe I would have to argue Yes while many Americans (who strictly watch MLS) may argue No.  So what’s in a name?

When I think of the game in terms of soccer I think of school-age children in the US kicking a ball up and down a field and making endless efforts to roll it into the opponent’s net not only because it’s recreational but simply because it is a popular activity to fit into their over-loaded schedules.  (The ball in this vision by the way is strictly black and white.)

Youth soccer is one of the most widely played sports in the US with an estimated 3 million players between the ages of 5 and 19.  The induction of the term soccer mom into American speech in the late 1990s does not help to remove any stigma about what the game means in the US in the eyes of the rest of the world.  In America…

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