From school yards to professional stadiums, there is a game being played that everyone loves. It is the game of soccer. It has a unique history and can be traced back to B.C. times. It has not always been a friendly sport and in some areas it was even banned by many because of the violence it would bring out in the players. However, with all of that, it is a game that everyone has seemed to embrace.
With the severity of injuries during the past, it is kind of surprising to most people that now it is considered one of the safest sports around. The ones who play it do not have to worry about major injuries like those who play football games, which is very similar to soccer. Players do not have to be large, they do not have to have a dominating presence, but they do need to be athletic. As an added twist, the very violent sport of past soccer games has now become a sport where everyone is friendly. Opposing teams shake hands and because it is a true team sport, anyone can make the goal.
If you are wondering why it is so popular, you need not look very hard. A player can do amazing things with a ball. There are tricks that can be performed, right in the middle of a game. A player may catch and hold the ball for a short time behind their knee or on their shoulder. They may kick the ball while doing a backflip to get it into the goal.
There is also minimal equipment necessary to play. You need something that can serve as a goal area, good shoes with cleats, and a ball. That is basically it, unless you want to get into comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Due to the fact that not much is needed to play, a soccer game can take place anywhere and most kids start out playing in their back yard or the local park. Those same kids have the chance to grow up and play it professionally.
Soccer is a global sport with massive popularity everywhere and though there may not be one definitive, “this is why we love it” answer, the truth is, it does not matter. It is just a great sport that has a long history and more fans than most of us can imagine.