With the World Cup six days away, we’re rapidly nearing our quadrennial examination of soccer’s place in American sports. Each time the sport’s biggest tournament comes around we ask ourselves how popular soccer is now and how popular it eventually may be.
According to a poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News, just 28 percent of those surveyed consider themselves to be fans of professional soccer. Ten percent of Americans consider themselves to be “big fans”. Among those who played youth soccer, the numbers are higher, but 41 percent of those who played do not consider themselves soccer fans. Among those surveyed, 46 percent said they expected the sport to be more popular here in 10 years, while 47 percent said it would remain the same.
In the United States, professional soccer consists mainly of the MLS, a league of which the New England Revolution are a member. The poll also takes into account Americans who are fans of professional soccer in other countries.