Today, soccer has become the most popular sport in the world. This sport usually requires ten players and one goal keeper on each team. The game is split into two 45 minute portions. The goal of soccer is to kick a ball into the other team’s goal at the end of the field. If a game ends in a tie, additional time may be added to determine a winner. This sport is known as football in Europe and most other countries around the word.
In the United States, soccer has grown in popularity over the recent years. There are now nine Major League Soccer teams in the country compared to just two team that existed in 2004. The number of high school soccer players have also double since 1990 and there are now almost 750,000 players in the country. The number of youth players has also doubled in the past twenty years and now stands at over four million children.
During the 2010 World Cup, more than 24 million people in the country watched the final game between Spain and the Netherlands, which makes it the most watched soccer game in United States history. This is more people than the combined viewership of every Major League Baseball game that has taken place since 2004. The previous soccer television record was set in 1994 when 19.4 million viewers watched the World Cup final.
Over 700 million people watched the 2010 World Cup final game on television. In many countries around the world, additional records were set. In the United Kingdom, 18.4 million people watched the World Cup in sports channels from providers like http://www.direct.tv. Over 15 million people watched it in Spain, which was the highest television audience ever for the country. In Holland, 90% of the country watched the World Cup for a total of almost 9 million people.