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 Subject: number of soccer players in United States Category: Sports and Recreation Asked by: zedge-ga List Price: \$50.00 Posted: 28 Apr 2005 11:08 PDT Expires: 28 May 2005 11:08 PDT Question ID: 515442
 `How many soccer players are in the United States?`
 ```Hello zedge: Thanks for the interesting question. Of course, the only way to figure out how many people actually play a sport like soccer (where the numbers are in the millions) is by using estimates and statistics. So, when looking for numbers like this, you are likely going to get different answers depending on who did the surveying and how. However, all answers that I've been able to find so far point to a total number of people who play soccer in the U.S. of between 16 million and 18 million, with the likeliest total being in the 17+ million range. Here's what I've found: Soccer Voted Hottest Sport in the U.S. For Each Of Past Five Years URL: http://www.teamsportswear.com/tipcat/Custom_Soccer_Uniforms Quote: "Play on high school soccer teams soared 88% between 1990-91 and 2003-04, while registration on U.S. Youth Soccer Association teams climbed at an almost identical rate to nearly 3.2 million players in 2002-03. According to American Sports Data, total soccer participation in the U.S. is at nearly 18 million. Girls account for 40% of all soccer players and 47% of all high school players. Soccer has also grown significantly among NCAA colleges, with a nearly 200% increase in female players since 1990-91." Note: american Sprts Data can be found at http://www.americansportsdata.com/index.htm. US Soccer Participation Steady at 18.2 Million URL: http://www.decatursports.com/articles/soccer_participation.htm Quote: "The 1998 National Soccer Participation Survey reports that while 18.2 million individuals played soccer at least once last year, slightly more than the 18.1 million reported in 1996, the number of frequent participants - - those who play 25 or more days a year - - rose from 7.7 million to 8.5 million. Although other major demographic measures showed no significant changes, the survey did confirm that adult (age 18+) participation remains at 4.6 million players after experiencing 33% growth in 1996." Termination of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the FY 06 Budget - March 10, 2005 URL: http://www.ahrinfo.org/budgetedrelease.pdf Quote: "17 million or more Americans play soccer each year, including 6 million women and girls \$\$ increased dollars are needed to meet the growing demand to provide soccer fields." U.S. fans staying up late to watch World Cup - June 9, 2002 URL: http://www.ljworld.com/section/internationalsports/story/95700 Quote: "Americans, meanwhile, love playing soccer. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association says more than 18 million people play in this country, leaving it behind only basketball in terms of team participation." Sports Participation Topline Report - 2005 Edition URL: http://www.sgma.com/reports/data/2005/p28b-05.pdf Note: If you look on page 2 of this report, you'll see that the net number of soccer players (over age 6) for 2003 is listed as 17,690,000, while for 2004 it is listed as 15,900,000. Search Strategy (on Google): * 2004 "soccer players" US million * 2004 "play soccer" US million * "american sports data" * Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association I hope this helps! websearcher```
 ```If you refer "Professional Soccer Players Registered with The United States Soccer Federation (USSF)" to "soccer players in the United States", as of 11/21/2002, there are 2,537 professional players registered with the USSF. The list of registered players is available for download in pdf format (http://www.ussoccer.com/templates/includes/news/ProPlayer.PDF).```