Actually not entirely true as soccer was not broadcast in a way where you could watch an entire season - until recently in the USA. So you got pieces of a team or a contest. Perhaps the internet, or streaming video with be the true democtrization of sports (and everything?) and we will finally see which game is truly the most interesting to end users...
If you are just looking for goals then it is boring. I you are looking at all the other aspects of the game then it will be more interesting and then it's up to you whether it is worth your time. Golf, Bicycling etc are not the best spectator sports - although I will watch them on occasion... I agree that I would like to see more scoring in soccer/football/futbol and I am not the "purist" - I mean how can a purist even watch a modern game - HDTV, multiple cameras and views - as a spectator the game experience is entirely different even if the rules are basicall the same.
You have to remember too that soccer was popular before TV and even radio in Europe and many "other" (not American, or not the USA...) so local clubs were formed and made popular and "localized" so that people watch it and are invested in it. Soccer never took here and baseball and then football are more latecomers although all "old timers" remember all the local baseball teams there were. I think part of the "problem" is just displacement in that in the USA we had other sports to play, watch and enjoy and the popularity of soccer is more that there is less competition - it is a game that can be played anywhere with just a ball which allows for easy participation.
In none of the definitions you found America is equal to United States. The problem is that using the word America for your country, you are denying the existence of the rest of the countries; so I am sure it is not so difficult to change the word.
@fandres17: Please do not use the therm Americans to make reference of people of United States, America is a whole continent.
Actually, the whole definition of what is a continent is a but "fluffy" -- check out this Wikipedia page -- depending how you count them there are 4, 5, 6, or 7 continents (and there are two different versions of 6 continents) LOL
Thank you for your insights - and I agree although many sports have benefitted by better coverage - and the HD video is increidble.
I had not necessarily thought about the "accessories" side of things, but I believe you are correct. I always thought about the performance verse endurance aspect such as a baseball player is helped by being in shape, but it is not demanded as is the same for football and other sports which rely heavily on equipment and quick plays and of course teamwork. Bicycling, Soccer and many other sports demand endurance, performance as well as teamwork - while I respect almost all sports the endurance and personal training and pain endured by bicyclists and runners is incredible - do we need to give them bats or balls to make it more "interesting" I gues the "X" games have done that a bit...
Also, usually not liking or respecting any sport is more ignorance and prejudice then anthing else as the top athletes of any sport will be interesting as to be the best at anything takes training of many kinds and some kind of performance - what is what makes you (or gives you the chance) to be the best.
I agree with much of your premis although of course I respect those who enjoy it as it is. I played soccer (I live in America, give it a rest) as a youth, watched many years of pro soccer in the 70's (Earthquakes) - watch inernational today, was a referee, and played 20 years as an adult in both indoor and outdoor soccer teams - which gives my opionion no more weight than any other, but I add as background. I really don't get into the statistics and such, and enjoy PLAYING and even a good loss if beaten by better opponents - how do you ever get better without good competitors? I enjoy watching a good game, a good play, a good goal as I am sure most do.
For me professional sports are there for enjoyment and to hopefully showcase the best of the sport and inspire children to play and enjoy the sport too. Recently with all the hype and statistics fewer are part of the game personally, but more into stats, teams and politics - a loss in my eyes.
Regarding rules - I would personally like to see the off-sides moved to 3/4 field (similar to the author) to allow for more goals. I would also like to see more substitutions as we all know that 90min at full pace is not possible which means you have to manage your pace, but we don't need a subbing war to slow the game down as happens in recreational soccer - I enjoy the speed and all out mayhem of indoor soccer in which your substitutions are like hockey - on the fly and you go in and out - 5 min even for pro's. I don't want this for outdoor, but somewhere between would be a good change - the soccer pitch is huge, and I would like to seem more activity rather then young men throttled to be able to keep their legs no matter how long the game will be - 90 minutes in most cases, or 30 min longer. 3 substitutions is just too few.
My last argument is against the low scores and statistics. First, there is luck in any sport or human endeavor. Because the game allows defense and bagging it is possible that a lower quality team can score and then play defense to win a match. The fewer the goals the larger the chance that luck is involved or decides a match. Luck may give you one goal, but two goals is a much, much smaller, and three is really beyond chance.
Food for thought, cricket has one day, and even short form instead of the multi day test matches - I think soccer can handle a bit of change which would be good for all - in MY opinion, and in my enjoyment as if recreational soccer only allowed three substitutions few would play.
Thanks for all the conversations - it's great to see divers opinions on something I enjoy so much.