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Share of people who played football/soccer in the United States in 2018, by age

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Share of football/soccer players in the United States in 2018, by age This statistic illustrates the share of football (soccer) players in the United States as of 2018. The results were sorted by age. In 2018, 20.74 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 years stated they play football (soccer). The Statista Global Consumer Survey offers a global perspective on consumption and media usage, covering the offline und online world of the consumer.

The rising popularity of soccer in the United States

The number of people playing soccer in the United States is on the rise. In the spring of 2016, more people played soccer than ever since 2009. This was also the same year that the United States women’s team won their most recent World Cup championship. While the United States men´s national soccer team have had their best World Cup performance back in 1930, the United States women’s team has won three world championships - more than any other country –, one in 1999, one in 2003, and their most recent win over Norway in 2016. These wins also occurred within a much shorter time span as the first women’s cup was held for the first time in 1991. For men’s soccer, Brazil has won more World Cup titles than any other country.

It can also be observed that the number of boys and girls who played soccer in high school in the United States has also been on a slow, but steady increase since 2009. The number of high school girls who play soccer is almost equal to the number of boys. All in all, soccer, which is already highly popular in Europe and South America, now seems to enjoy a growing popularity among Americans as well.
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This statistic illustrates the share of football (soccer) players in the United States as of 2018. The results were sorted by age. In 2018, 20.74 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 years stated they play football (soccer). The Statista Global Consumer Survey offers a global perspective on consumption and media usage, covering the offline und online world of the consumer.

The rising popularity of soccer in the United States

The number of people playing soccer in the United States is on the rise. In the spring of 2016, more people played soccer than ever since 2009. This was also the same year that the United States women’s team won their most recent World Cup championship. While the United States men´s national soccer team have had their best World Cup performance back in 1930, the United States women’s team has won three world championships - more than any other country –, one in 1999, one in 2003, and their most recent win over Norway in 2016. These wins also occurred within a much shorter time span as the first women’s cup was held for the first time in 1991. For men’s soccer, Brazil has won more World Cup titles than any other country.

It can also be observed that the number of boys and girls who played soccer in high school in the United States has also been on a slow, but steady increase since 2009. The number of high school girls who play soccer is almost equal to the number of boys. All in all, soccer, which is already highly popular in Europe and South America, now seems to enjoy a growing popularity among Americans as well.
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Release date
June 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
November 22 to December 27, 2017 and April 11 to May 28, 2018
Number of respondents
20,409 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Supplementary notes
Answering this question was optional for respondents, based on the individual relevance of the topic (profiling data). See the Global Consumer Survey methodology for details.

Multiple answers were possible.

The original question was "What sports do you regularly participate in?".

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