Unlike our European friends think, soccer is indeed fairly popular in the United States, according to the latest stats and polls. 12.7 million people play soccer in the United States 28% of Americans identify themselves as soccer fans (10% of Americans qualify it as "big fans"). Given the country's large population, this is huge and much larger than the population of many traditional soccer countries. This is from a sample of all Americans, but when the poll screens for those who play or have played soccer, the rate increases to 59%. The sport is more accessible than ever, both at the stadium and on TV. For example, all 380 matches of the English Premier League were broadcast to American TV channels this past season, and 31.5 million Americans tuned in at some point. The MLS with 19 franchises is getting to solid grounds, with several soccer-specific stadiums with up to 27,000 seats (the more common number is 20.000 seats) MLS players now earn solid six-figure salaries, some of them topping $1 million. The leagues' average attendance is currently 18,608 spectators per game, which tops the NBA and the NHL Still, 49% of Americans continue to think the sport is either on the dull side or frankly boring. However, 46% think the sport will grow in popularity in the next decade. It is encouraging that the game remains popular among growing demographics such as young Americans and Hispanics, and also scores well with upscale, educated consumers. Even though 49% among us continue to feel that soccer is boring, 19% of us define it as exciting and 28% as interesting. That's 47%; we are almost at the point when a majority of Americans will no longer think that soccer is boring. Among those who played youth soccer, already 86% say that soccer is either exciting or interesting, and only 14% call it on the dull side or boring. ESPN will air 290 hours of soccer programming in the next 5 weeks for the WC. No country outside of Brazil bought more tickets for the tournament than the United States. Sales of USMNT jerseys are three times higher as they were four years ago for the 2010 Cup. 28% of all Americans plan to watch the World Cup. Among soccer fans it goes up to 74% (I'd assume that it's not 100% because the self-defined soccer fans were divided in two categories, "big fans" which is 10% of the population, and "not-so-big fans" which is 18% of all Americans - I'd expect that 100% of the "big fans" will watch; maybe a bit less than that to account for injury, work-related travel, or other impediments). For reference, the current population of the United States stands at approximately 318,184,000 people. So, 10% of "big" soccer fans accounts for 31.8 million people, and 28% of big fans added to not-so-big fans (but still fans) account for 89 million people. That's very respectable!!! Some stats don't look so good in the fact that they are worse than 1994 stats, but the latter must have been influenced by the fact that the WC was in the United States. I'm pretty content with the above numbers. All of the above is from an article that appeared recently on the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...579306-ecea-11e3-b10e-5090cf3b5958_story.html Opinions?