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Why Soccer is More American Than Football


Written by an American Football fan, Paul Foutch penned this article to rebut Ann Coulter’s link-bait trash piece that American’s don’t like soccer because it’s confusing and un-American.

He starts by writing about how Football is played:

Let’s talk about a sport in which central planners — not the competitors on the field — decide what’s best to achieve the team’s goals. Let’s talk about a sport where players are limited as to where they can stand to start each play, and where they can go during the play. Where the authorities intervene more than in any other sport, with eight officials monitoring 22 players for violations plucked from a massive, ever-changing, arbitrarily applied rulebook. And where, in the pro version of the sport, the worst teams are rewarded with high draft picks and easier schedules and are protected from failure by socialistic revenue-sharing and salary caps. Meanwhile in the college version, the best teams are determined not by competition on the field, but by a vote of a Politburo that the teams try to impress by scheduling games against hapless patsies.

Comparing that with soccer:

The coach can discuss strategy before the game and shout from the sidelines, but the action is determined by freethinking individuals who are rewarded for their energy, vision and creativity. Players have assigned positions and responsibilities, but they’re free to roam the field and undertake any effort they think best to help the team. There are very few rules for the three on-field officials to monitor among the 22 players. It’s a sport where, at least overseas, the worst teams face the consequence of relegation to a lower division, while the best teams are rewarded with promotion to the big leagues.

The values of international soccer represent the America we idealize, with entrepreneurship and freedom celebrated; with a limited government interfering only to ensure a basic level of safety and fairness; and with true social mobility, where anyone can reach any level, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

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