Soccer
Soccer is a great sport that has influenced
nations. Millions gather to watch skilled athletes
compete in a game of soccer. It is an international
sport, so popular that physical education programs have
soccer integrated into their plans. Many local
communities also have soccer organizations for youths.

Soccer has an interesting history going back as far as
ancient Rome and Greece. Some other interesting topics
that deal with soccer are my personal feelings about
the sport and my opinions on the future of soccer.

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There in not much to be told about the origin
of soccer. In ancient Rome and Greece, football and
kicking games were played. In 1863, the London Football
Association developed the first set of rules. Towards
the end of the 19th century, soccer was brought to the
United States. But people didn’t start to take a liking
to the sport until WWI. In 1908, soccer was made an
official Olympic sport. Since then, soccer’s popularity
has spread like fire.


To me, soccer is an outstanding sport. I love
the strategic planning that occurs in the game of
soccer. To play soccer, you need to be quick and agile,
and your footwork must be meticulous. I like soccer
because it comes natural to me. There’s nothing like
waking up early on Saturdays and playing a competitive
game. When I score goals, which I do often, I get the
best feeling. I am contributing to my team winning.

That’s why I like soccer.


In the future, I believe soccer will stay the
weekend sport. I doubt that it will ever become as
popular as basketball i.e.. NBA. It is increasing in
popularity in the United Sports though. But you see,
that’s in the United States. I visited Mexico last
summer for a month and observed that soccer was the
main sport. People would play pick-up games of soccer
on basketball courts, as parks and grass space were
limited. I say this only to show that soccer’s waning
popularity in the US is minuscule compared to the
popularity in other countries. So we never know, more
people in the future may tune their TV sets to the
soccer championships than say the SuperBowl.
Soccer has come a long way from being played in
the times of the ancient Romans and Grecian. Now,
children and adults alike play the game of soccer and
agree : soccer is a wonderful sport. To play, it
requires mental planning, stamina, and cardiovascular
fitness. Also, to play soccer with skill, you must
cultivate a love for the sport. Many skilled athletes
have these qualities and that’s what makes them
successful in the game.


by:
Desiree Howell