There are all sorts of reasons people will cite for soccer’s failure to fully take off in the US: the lack-lustre performance of men’s national team, TV rights limitations, the superiority of the women’s national team, Major League Soccer (MLS) or even Jurgen Klinsmann.
1. Football/Soccer. Commonly known as football and sometimes soccer, the game is played by approximately 250 million players spread over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. And now in 2021, it also holds its place among the richest sports in the world.May 17, 2021
Soccer ‒ or football as it is commonly referred to ‒ is the world’s most popular sport. It has about 300 million players, and around 4 billion fans worldwide. American Football, on the other hand, is extremely popular in the US, despite having relatively few worldwide fans.