Numerous factors account for the extreme popularity of soccer around the world. Soccer is easily played on nearly any surface and with only a soccer ball needed as equipment. Most nations of the world see significant advertising dollars pumped into professional soccer, according to Bleacher Report.
Additionally, many countries lack another truly national sport and view soccer as an investment, especially if their professional team does well. A significant talent pool exists worldwide from which to draw professional players.
Despite the worldwide popularity of soccer, many Americans still consider it to be a secondary sport. In the United States, a number of high-profile sports, including professional football, baseball and basketball, compete for advertising and entertainment dollars and for the hearts and minds of fans.