Welcome to RealExcitingSoccer.com!
Soccer is the fastest growing sport in the United States in terms of popularity. Major League Soccer, for example, recently passed the NBA in average attendance per game. Though the NBA’s season is twice as long as MLS’s, the attendance numbers for MLS mean that soccer is here to stay in America–something that was not clear even ten years ago.
Despite soccer’s growth, it is still somewhat of a niche sport. The average person in the USA doesn’t follow it except, maybe, during the World Cup every four years. For a lot of Americans, soccer is boring. Soccer players dive a lot. Soccer players fake injuries. And while that can be true on rare occasions, soccer–and what it means to the world–is so much more than that.
The premise of this website is that there is much about soccer that the average American misses out on. In fact, there is much about soccer and soccer culture around the world that even die-hard soccer fans miss out on. Soccer is the most international of all sports. It is played in more places, followed by more fans (the estimated TV audience for the World Cup Final in 2010 was between 750,000,000 and 2.5 billion!), and makes more news worldwide than any other sport. Unless you speak multiple languages, there’s a lot of news to miss.
The purpose of RealExcitingSoccer.com is to deliver soccer content to die-hard and casual soccer fans in a way that brings cultures together, celebrates the beauty of The Beautiful Game, and exposes English-speaking fans to aspects of world soccer that are under-reported here in the United States. It is our hope that as you experience this website that it will change the rhythm at which you experience The Beautiful Game. Enjoy!