I understand that soccer isn’t everyone’s favorite sport but for me it’s my favorite sport due to its fast paced and the passion the players put in the field. I was interested on soccer since I was a little kid due that it was easy to understand and mostly everyone in my family is a soccer fan. As the result of me becoming interested on soccer I started to play soccer when I was around five years old. As the years past I would become more passionate for soccer do to the time and effort I would put to become a better player.
I remember as a kid I was part of several soccer teams. I would have soccer practices Mondays and Wednesdays which I was always eager and excited to get out there and improve my skills. The big days where Saturdays because we had our soccer matches. Playing soccer was really exciting and relaxing but the bond I made with my teammates is unforgettable. We would travel together for our matches and be there for each other. We were all united like a family due to our passion for soccer. Soccer isn’t only a great sport but it makes you create bonds with others. However, soccer is a well-known sport but it struggles to be popular as the others sports in the United States.
In the article “Why soccer is the best sport in the world” by Blake Lovell shares his opinion on why soccer is the best sport in the world. The article focuses on the authors opinion and the evidence he shares. The author argues that soccer is the best sport in the world due to its simplicity and the popularity of soccer has grown over the years. Lovell believes that “soccer will be the sport of the future” due to its popularity in the United States. Lovell presents statistics to prove his points in order to persuade his readers.
In my opinion the article was good but it didn’t fully convinced me why soccer is the best sport. The author did some things I liked and some things I didn’t like. First, I liked how the author shares anecdotes about his childhood when he used to play soccer. This makes him connect with his readers. The anecdotes the author shares really connects to the reader if the reader plays a sport in general. In addition, I liked the structure of the author because we would reflect on his own experiences, then bring up his point or argument and finally he would introduce his evidence. However, I feel that Lovell needed more persuasion in his article. If Lovell would of use more evidence with reasoning or stronger evidence in his article he would of persuaded his audience believing that soccer is actually the best sport. Finally, another thing this article is missing is that Lovell doesn’t share any important facts or background information about soccer.
Lovell does many great things in his article to get his opinion out. I agree with the opinions Lovell shares about soccer because he includes his own perspective. One good strength the article has is the rebuttal Lovell uses. Lovell shares a rebuttal someone may have on why soccer isn’t that popular .“While soccer has experienced incredible growth and popularity over the past 20 years, it is still struggling to surpass the long-held favorites in the crowded U.S. sports landscape” (paragraph 8). I agree with this rebuttal because I do feel soccer isn’t that popular in the United States do to other great sports like football, basketball, and baseball here in the United States. Do to other sports popularity in the United States it’s hard for soccer to standout.
Then Lovell uses evidence to refute that rebuttal. “While the criticism of soccer may give one the idea that the sport isn’t making any headway in the states, a 2018 Gallup report suggests otherwise… 11 percent of adults aged 18 to 34 named soccer as their favorite, which tied basketball for second in that same demographic”(Paragraph 10). The evidence Lovell uses is great because it shows that soccer is starting to grow its popularity in the united states. I liked the evidence Lovell uses because he uses statistics to refute the rebuttal which makes his argument stronger. In addition, Lovell shares some ideas that I agree with and find very interesting. One idea Lovell shares is that he compares soccer to a piece of art. “Like a fine work of art, the skills, the tactics, and the nature of the game itself are indeed beautiful”(Paragraph 14). I agree with his point of view because I also believe that. It’s amazing to see players use their skills to avoid defenders and see players work as teams to become better than others.
Even though I like some things Lovell did in his article however, I feel he had some weaknesses. The first weakness I notice in Lovell article is that he doesn’t include background information about soccer in his article. I found that odd because he should’ve include some background information to introduce the topic and to share some important information about soccer. Additionally, the evidence Lovell shares I found the evidence repetitive because both share statistics about the popularity of soccer over the years. “According to U.S. Youth Soccer annual registration data, there were 1.6 million children registered to play in 1990. Ten years later, that number nearly doubled to over 3 million kids enrolled in the sport”(paragraph 5). I found this evidence similar to other evidence Lovell uses because they focus on one thing which is popularity. Another weakness I notice in Lovell article is that he isn’t that persuasive in his article. I feel he isn’t that persuasive in his article because he is to focus to get his opinions across. If he wanted to be more persuasive in his article he can introduce more evidence that connect to his opinions.
In conclusion, the article was good but it just needed more evidence to make the authors argument stronger and more convincing on why soccer is the best sport in the world. Lovell presented good points which help get his opinion cross the readers.