We call it soccer here, while the world calls it football.
World’s biggest sporting festival, i.e the world cup football begins in a day. But there’s absolutely no buzz here in the sporting media. May be here and there are some public radio discussion why American’s are not into this global game.

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However as I drive by, I still see kids playing football or soccer in soccer fields. Clad in bright addidas matching double layer jersy, shorts, Nike boots, socks, shin guards, head band, hand band, a bunch of little kids are trying to follow what the coaches are instructing. Yes, there are offensive coaches, defensive coaches.

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They would only play on sunday morning. That’s how it is scheduled. Around the soccer fieilds, are a band of soccer mum and some conscious parents. The efficient secretaries made it a point to remind these parents about their daughter’s/son’s upcoming soccer match.

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Yes American’s are rapidly coming up is soccer too. Kids, mostly girls are playing a lot of soccer in schools.

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But what I don’t see is the passion. Missing very much is the life of this game. Never did I see a kid dribbling a football on the street or even on the driveway.

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Regimented training will definitely make USA a top tier nation in soccer. Someday USA will be a contender for the top spots. But I am afraid game will be there, but the life of the game, the passion, will be lost.

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And while the world get’s together, leaving behind all the conflict and war, USA can’t afford to remain aloof.

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