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Why is the US women’s soccer team so successful?

The U.S. is home to several great athletes in almost every imaginable field. The country has over 2,500 Olympic gold medals which is more than twice what the runner up has. And while the country leads the world in sports such as basketball, boxing, baseball, and several others, many sports enthusiasts believe that people should look give more credit to the women’s soccer team. Here are some reasons why the US women’s soccer team is so successful today. John Eilermann.

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Strength in numbers

It’s hard to think that in the ’70s, there were only around 700 girls in high school playing soccer in the entire country. But by the early ’90s, the number skyrocketed to over 120,000. Today, there are over 1.7 million registered female soccer players in the country. And with that kind of pool, talents such as Mia Hamm, Megan Rapinoe, and Eileen Narcotta-Welp have been dazzling the field with their amazing plays. John Eilermann.

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Lack of competition

Perhaps it was sheer luck that the U.S. started developing women’s soccer earlier than most countries. While the U.S. shared the same resistance when it came to accepting women’s soccer, it was worse for other countries. For example, soccer powerhouse countries like Brazil and Germany still banned women from playing soccer until the early ’70s. John Eilermann.

Competitive edge

Because U.S. women’s soccer players are decades ahead of the competition, it shows in terms of skill and understanding of the game. In terms of basic skills like dribbling, defending, and shooting, the girls play extremely well individually and as a team. In fact, the U.S. team is on a different level compared to other teams, which explains its astounding record. John Eilermann.

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How soccer skyrocketed in the United States

With the United States Women’s National Football Team winning the World Cup last year, it can be said that soccer has never been bigger in the U.S. Even with other professional sports still reigning over fans and viewership, soccer isn’t that far behind – at least not anymore. John Eilermann.

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Truth be told, while soccer is played in almost every city in the U.S., it never really did get the support it should have. Soccer in the U.S. could have been as big as basketball or baseball but, for some reason, there was always a disconnect between American sports fans and the sport. For starters, the low-scoring game was always seen as boring.

But not anymore. John Eilermann.

Not only has youth participation soccer programs in the U.S. become the highest in the world, the increasing interest due to the success of the Women’s National Team and the gradual influx of big name superstars in Major League Soccer (MLS), the premier soccer league in the U.S., have contributed to the sport gaining not only fan but financial support. John Eilermann.

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Today, MLS merchandise, as well as the National Team jerseys, are notching record sales. Ticket sales at U.S. soccer stadiums are increasing as well. This upward trend is a good sign, if only for the beautiful game to spread its reach further and farther around the world. John Eilermann.

 

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Football as an adult recreational activity

John Eilermann. Football is the most popular sport in the world. Everywhere, people from all walks of life enjoy the beautiful game. Whether as a spectator or a player, football is exciting and fun.

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Football is also good exercise, albeit a tad demanding, physically. However, adults shouldn’t let this detract them from taking it on as a hobby later on in life. Many individuals, well into their adulthood, still play football to stay fit and to meet new people. John Eilermann.

Pick-up games are the norm for adults. There are parks where older people organize football games and allow strangers to play, as well. If one is a beginner, they learn how to play the game quickly through these games. However, if a person truly has no background in the game, they may want to practice first.

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John Eilermann. Today, there are indoor as well as outdoor facilities that cater to the football enthusiast. There’s also an abundance of gear and equipment available for safety and for playing on different surfaces.

And when they condition themselves further, there are leagues in which an individual may join for a more competitive atmosphere. But this is only recommended when they have indeed reached a level wherein they’d be more of an asset than a liability on the pitch. John Eilermann.

 

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Goal! The ideal football striker

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There’s no question that the most exciting time in football is when the striker performs a great first touch from a good pass.  As soon as that happens, people start erupting in cheers.  And when the striker scores, there’s virtually nothing like it in the world of sports.

 

There have been amazing football strikers since the game was established.  From classic forwards such as Eusebio and Gerd Muller to Marco Van Basten and Roberto Baggio to Gabriel Batistuta, the Brazilian Ronaldo, and Thierry Henry, strikers have captured the imagination of spectators everywhere.

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The best football strikers have more than one thing in common.

First, they have a scent for goals.  Like sharks that smell blood in the water, the best strikers can envision a goal from far away.  They can see their path towards the ball, and the route after that towards the goal.

Secondly, the best strikers are relentless attackers.  After they sense a possible goal, they do everything they can to receive the ball and attack.  They even go after opposing defenders and goalies to create opportunities.

Speaking of creating opportunities, ideal strikers are creative.  They can think of ways to score a goal that other footballers can’t imagine.

Finally, to tie everything together, the greatest strikers are incredible physical specimens.  They work tirelessly to make themselves stronger and faster than almost anyone else on their team.

Hello, I’m John Eilermann, a huge football fan.  Learn more about me and the stuff I love by following me on Twitter.

 

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Football training: Focusing on stamina

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It’s easy to dismiss soccer as a lazy sport since many times, soccer players can be seen lightly jogging around the pitch.  But this is a misconception.  Soccer players only take it easy if the ball is far from them.  In close proximity, however, players sprint for and after the ball like there’s no tomorrow.  And even when the ball is far, players have to run to make sure they are in position when the ball is passed to their area.

For all you soccer players out there, here are a few drills to help you with your stamina.

Drill #1:  Run as fast as you can while dribbling the ball.  Start first with 20 yards, then gradually increase the sprint.  Leave the ball at the end point, sprint back to where you started, then run back to the ball.  Rest for around 20-25 seconds before repeating in the opposite direction.

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Drill #2:  This is similar to the first drill, except that you have a partner.  Dribble the ball up 20-30 yards and leave it to your partner.  Sprint back to your starting position as your partner dribbles up to you before he sprints back to his starting position.  Modify this drill by increasing the distance between you and your partner.

Drill #3:   Another drill that requires a partner, set up points around the pitch that are more or less 20 yards apart.  Take turns passing to each point.  The one being passed to should sprint to the point where the ball is headed.  Modify this by changing the power of the passes.

Hello, I’m John Eilermann, a huge fan of the beautiful game, football.  I’m also a World War 2 enthusiast.  Learn more about me and the stuff I love by following me on Twitter.