I grew up in a soccer household.
My younger brother learned to walk with a soccer ball in front of him.
My dad coached. A lot.
And I have an appreciation for calls such as “off-sides” where my understanding of other sports pales in comparison.
Today, our American Father’s Day is being celebrated at my brother’s house featuring the “match” between Brazil and Switzerland.
Soccer, known outside America as football or “fútbol,” really does belong to everyone.
Watching the players of the World Cup on and of the field is the multicultural component of globalization at work.
Since soccer is played all over the world, the largest cross-cultural portion of the population is not only watching, but is also socializing (in person and online) around the schedule of the games.
In fact, several books have been published on soccer as a force in and of itself.
Two on my reading list are:
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer
The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport by Tamir Bar-On
How do you see soccer?