The popularity of association football in the United States has increased in the last few years.
The popularity of association football in the United States has increased in the last few years. This season saw the introduction of four new teams on the west coast of America, and they've been playing before crowds of up to 14-thousand people. Recently nearly three-and-a-half thousand people in New York paid ten-dollars each to watch a satellite coverage of a World Cup playoff between Spain and Yugoslavia.
The game has always had a following in the Eastern United States ... particularly in the New England States. A number of schools have started teams, mainly for those either too small or careful to play American football. But now four west coast centres Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle in America, and Vancouver in Canada, have formed a league and the game is being promoted strongly, especially at school level.
The names of the teams may seem strange to Europeans ... for example the Seattle "Sounders" or the Boston "Minutemen" ... but the standard is quite good. It's also worth remembering that in 1950, the United States beat England one-nil in a World Cup match played in Uruguay. Among the members of the England team was Sir Alf Ramsay who managed England to their World Cup win in 1966.