Soccer is exploding in America, and even though the United States Men’s National Soccer Team won’t be participating in the 2018 World Cup, interest in the tournament is still expected to be huge amongst Americans, many of which will be tuning into the World Cup for the first time.
According to a 2018 Gallup poll about United States spectator sports, soccer has increased in popularity over the last four years. In the poll, 7% of U.S. adults said that soccer was their favorite sport, up 3% from the last time the poll was taken. At 7%, soccer just barely trailed baseball (9%), but was above hockey (4%). Most notably, though, is that of all the sports in the poll, soccer is the only one that grew, as football dropped by 2%, basketball dropped 1%, and baseball dropped 5%, meaning it’s the only sport in the country to be actively growing in popularity.
While the USMNT not qualifying for the world cup was certainly a blow to the popularity of soccer in America, club soccer, particularly the Premier League and the Champions League, are as popular as ever in the United States.
And if you’re one of those fans with a new found interest, I’m sure you’re looking for a new podcast to listen to about your new favorite sport. Here are the Top 5 Best Soccer Podcasts for Americans:
The show is focused on analyzing soccer and explaining how and why things happen on and off the field. Our major focus is the US Men’s National Team, but we also discuss the Champions League, the Premier League, Major League Soccer and plenty more.”
4. ESPN FC
“Go inside the most popular sport in the world with the ESPN FC crew.”
“Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle discuss and dissect the top Premier League storylines after every single match day. Together, the former Premier League players and current NBC Sports analysts host “The 2 Robbies Football Show” on NBC Sports Radio and “The 2 Robbies Podcast” providing fans with top-class punditry on the most exciting soccer league in the world.”
“We discuss football. And wear blazers. Usually at the same time. Men in Blazers is driven by the belief that Soccer is America’s Sport of the Future. As it has been since 1972.”
“Across the Pond is an English Premier League soccer podcast hosted by four insanely obsessed, American supporters. Expect weekly episodes discussing Premier League fixtures, tactics, controversy and the table with guests from BBC, The Guardian, ESPN, USA Today, beIN Sports, SB Nation and more.”
Best Soccer Podcast for Americans: Across The Pond
A podcast for Americans, by Americans, Across the Pond is the perfect podcast for Americans who are looking for a combination of entertainment and analysis.