We Love Soccer!
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We Love Soccer!
In an article from TownHall.com, Ann Coulter, an American political commentator, alleges that "America's favorite national pastime: hating soccer" (Coulter 2014). Ann currently writes a syndicated political column for Universal Press Syndicate and is a frequent guest on multiple TV shows for her views on politics and a variety of world issues. While Ann is a well-educated woman, having graduated with honors from Cornell University and achieving her law degree, she makes generalizations for the American public that she is not qualified to make. Ann has no experience in soccer, nor does she have any basis for stating that the American public loves to hate soccer.
Ann Coulter argues, "Everyone (playing soccer) just runs up and down the field, and every once in a while, a ball accidentally goes in" (Coulter, 2014). In saying this, Ann alleges that there is no skill in the sport of soccer. Soccer, however, takes a great deal of concentration and physical endurance. Fox (2014) says that soccer players can average about 7 miles of running over a 90 minute time period, per game. In addition to running up and down the field, a large amount of eye/foot coordination is required to advance down the field to score, as well as to guard your goal. This proves to be quite difficult because humans are hand/eye dominated (National Soccer Coaches Association of America, 2012). How can someone argue that soccer is just running up and down the field, hoping to get the ball in a net? It takes a great deal of endurance and agility to run down a field controlling a soccer ball with just your feet. In addition to the running,, then you add avoiding people running at you attempting to take your ball away from you. Soccer requires a great deal of concentration and coordination – it is definitely not just running up and down a field hoping to get the ball in a net.