Growing up in rural Nebraska, there was no opportunity to play soccer. At all. Over a decade ago (maybe quite a bit longer, I'm actually not sure--my parents still live there but I moved away over 30 years ago), my hometown of around 4,000 people installed a soccer field and instituted a rec-league program for little kids. At the time, the local paper ran an editorial arguing against starting a club program for older kids. The argument was that while it was nice to have soccer for little kids, there wasn't enough genuine interest in the sport at the older age to justify the city supporting a travel team. The writer (the owner/editor of the local paper) pointed out there were two club options in neighboring towns, each only 10-15 miles away, for the handful of families who really wanted to do that. There was a whiff of condescension in his tone, but also a germ of truth. I'm not sure there was enough interest, talent, or experience to make a travel club team work back home years ago. Well, two or three years ago the High school added boys & girls soccer as school sports. Proper soccer fields have been set at the local park next to the softball & baseball complex. I suspect that quite a few of the kids who grew up playing in the rec league grew to really love the sport, and thanks to the internet and cable tv they were able to watch the pro game as well. Neither boys nor girls are exactly powerhouse teams yet, and I can't vouch for the level of play of HS soccer in small town Nebraska these days, but from what I've read in the hometown paper online both are getting more competitive and nobody seems to think it's all a mistake or a failed experiment. So now kids in my hometown can grow up playing competitive soccer AND watching it on TV. This is in a rural county of under 10,000 people, mind you.