There’s a Perfectly Reasonable Explanation

As reported by the New York Times,

Over the past three years, the percentage of 6- to 12-year-olds playing soccer regularly has dropped nearly 14 percent, to 2.3 million players, according to a study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, which has analyzed youth athletic trends for 40 years. The number of children who touched a soccer ball even once during the year, in organized play or otherwise, also has fallen significantly.

While the Times article goes on to offer a number of theories why – the cost of playing in leagues, attractive youth sports programs developed and promoted by the National Basketball Association and major league baseball,  the lure of video games, and others – The Curmudgeon doesn’t need a theory.


So why has youth participation in soccer declined so precipitously?

Because people are finally realizing what they long thought but were afraid to say aloud or act upon:

The game is as boring as watching paint dry – both to watch and to play.

And THAT’S why the bottom has fallen out on youth participation in soccer in the U.S.



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