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Soccer popularity severely on the rise; second-most popular sport for ages 12-24

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For years, there has been a growing belief that the sport of soccer in the United States is on the rise. Now, with Copa America Centenario taking place in the country, there is even more attention to just how much popularity there is for the sport.

According to a new study, there are some great signs for soccer’s growth in the states.

As it turns out, not only is MLS attendance severely on the rise, but the popularity is as well with the sport becoming the second-most popular sport for a very young demographic.

The report stated, “According to a poll for ESPN, soccer has become the second-most popular sport for 12-24 year olds, after American football, and is the standout leader among Hispanics of the same age. Last year soccer-playing among boys in high school grew more than any other sport, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (perhaps capitalising on fears over the safety of American football, where numbers fell).

“Partly as a result, average attendances at MLS games have grown by 56 percent since 2001. In the past five years they have risen 29 percent.”

That’s great to hear.

The United States women’s national team recently won the FIFA World Cup, which only adds to the popularity in the states, so now it is just up to the men to continue the growing trend by finding success in Copa America this month.

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CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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