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Post #31
Saturday September 13, 2014 1:42am

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Original post from MSantoine

Also a report came out saying almost 30% of retired nfl players have dementia. That stat right there would scare me from choosing that sport.


Yeah that's pretty bad. I do think soccer will get an influx of talented athletes/soccer payer in the future because of the concussion problem in the NFL.

John Abraham Cardinals LB is contemplating retiring form Football because he is having problems with his short and long term memory.

If I ever have kids, I will educate them about playing Football; after that it's their decision to choose whatever sport they want. Admittedly I would prefer soccer.

hamsamwich
Post #32
Saturday September 13, 2014 3:06am

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Yea soccer in illinois is played in the fall as well, a lot of the kickers are playing football and two soccer games every week. At least a few years ago when I was in high school.

Nobody with that high of a football ranking would just quit if he was a joke at soccer. Many players are "late bloomers". Just look at wondo. People drooling over the euro academy system need to keep in mind our system could prove to be even better. It just takes the right coaching. And playing other sports helped me in soccer, for example covering pick and roll in basketball or running wide receiver routes contributed to skills in soccer.

People here in chicago play an unbelievable amount of soccer, from youth level, street, indoor, futsal, outdoor, etc. It's the incentive that putting down other sporting equipment and playing soccer full time needs to be more marketed to these kids. In regards to what that poster just said about worldwide earning potential being higher-- yea that may be true but how to communicate that to kids who haven't been to the next city or state?? As awareness grows, the coaching will get better. That's the key.

MSantoine
Post #33
Saturday September 13, 2014 11:26am

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Original post from recycledhumans

I was thinking about that earlier...while your statement is partially true, there is a glaring omission: As a percentage of all professional athletes across the globe, soccer has to be one of the, if not THE highest, sport. Players will make much more money in our big leagues, but as a percentage of wages earned by all professional players across the globe, the number starts to look a little more reasonable (of course, this is an estimation based on inference, I have not done the research to verify this).

The fact is that being a professional soccer player is a much more marketable position worldwide than being a professional in any of our "big league" sports.
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Exactly. In a given year there are about 1500-1600 professional nflers. About 500 basketballers (probably closer to 1000 when you add Chinese league and euro league). Soccer has by far the most. There are probably about 50 leagues that if your playing in you make a good living. A league on average has 20 teams and a team on average has 25 players(makes math easier). Your talking 25,000 people playing soccer around the globe rage don't gave to get a real job.

2tone
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Post #34
Saturday September 13, 2014 4:30pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Diego Costa is another example of a really late bloomer coming good. Didn't have any coaching until his mid teens, and didn't play any organized soccer until his late teens.

USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #35
Saturday September 13, 2014 6:19pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Drogba is not the example to use. Uncle was a professional player, played all the way growing up. Good player all the way up.....just learned late how to use his body to his advantage.

Diego Costa played in the streets of Brazil till Barca SC picked him up at 16. A better example but still not good.

Either way, any of those are exceptions to the rule...and this kid could be one too, it's just unlikely.

USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #36
Saturday September 13, 2014 6:22pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,410
Original post from hamsamwich

Yea soccer in illinois is played in the fall as well, a lot of the kickers are playing football and two soccer games every week. At least a few years ago when I was in high school.

Nobody with that high of a football ranking would just quit if he was a joke at soccer. Many players are "late bloomers". Just look at wondo. People drooling over the euro academy system need to keep in mind our system could prove to be even better. It just takes the right coaching. And playing other sports helped me in soccer, for example covering pick and roll in basketball or running wide receiver routes contributed to skills in soccer.

People here in chicago play an unbelievable amount of soccer, from youth level, street, indoor, futsal, outdoor, etc. It's the incentive that putting down other sporting equipment and playing soccer full time needs to be more marketed to these kids. In regards to what that poster just said about worldwide earning potential being higher- yea that may be true but how to communicate that to kids who haven't been to the next city or state?? As awareness grows, the coaching will get better. That's the key.


It won't be better but it helps close the gap in games when we are outmatched technically. You need touches....lots of them....playing other sports takes away from that. Trust me I know first hand. I could still be playing if I had focused on just one. Quality coaching will help also.....tactically but in the end it's about quality touches and training in the developmental stages....ages 4-15.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #37
Saturday September 13, 2014 7:37pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,567
Original post from USnLFCfan

Drogba is not the example to use. Uncle was a professional player, played all the way growing up. Good player all the way up.....just learned late how to use his body to his advantage.

Diego Costa played in the streets of Brazil till Barca SC picked him up at 16. A better example but still not good.

Either way, any of those are exceptions to the rule...and this kid could be one too, it's just unlikely.


Yep who knows.

admsghs27
Post #38
Saturday September 13, 2014 7:56pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
One in a million of top athletes is not impressive. If we can get more every year to chhose soccer then it would be good. But at least is growing now, I think futsal fields should be build in poverty areas or the hood like some call it then we will have more top athletes playing soccer. Most top athletes come from poverty maybe we can get a good handful of them to start playing soccer.

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