American Football is better than soccer/football
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I on the other hand grew up with American football and only discovered the European variety late in high school. Even though I still watch football, I prefer soccer.
Whether or not the happenings on the field are to one's liking is entirely subjective. Some people think baseball is excruciatingly boring; others consider it a "game of anticipation". It's neither better nor worse; it's just different. I think soccer is more watchable. In football, it bothers me that you never see the secondary. If the QB misses a wide open receiver down-field, you don't see it until a replay shows it. Once again, this is just my opinion.
On the other hand, an element objectively in soccer's favor is the uninterrupted play. Soccer has 45 minute halves with no commercial breaks except during the 15 minute halftime. Football has numerous stoppages. Whether it's one of MANY commercial breaks or just a dead ball, the 3 to 4 hour game usually contains only 10-15 minutes of ACTUAL playing. Soccer matches last inside of 2 hours, and at least 90 minutes of that is live action.
Association Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. I would hypothesize this is largely due to the fact anyone can play it and become great.
Soccer doesn't require much equipment. To play in an organized league, a player only needs shoes, shin guards, and some kind of jersey. There are no pricey helmets, should pads, thigh pads, or special pants needed. The field doesn't need nearly as much work as its American counterpart does. This makes soccer much cheaper to conduct, and therefore more appealing to poorer communities.
But what I think separates soccer from the rest is that it favors acquired skill more than any other attribute. To be in the NFL, you need to win the genetic lottery in the size department. The average player is well over 6' tall. In soccer, the best players in the world are people of much more modest size who practice a lot. Lionel Messi, widely considered to be the best in the world, is 5'7" and was born with a heart defect. Pele and Maradona were both around 5'8".
I'm really hoping my opponent will respond to my points or at least come up with some new ones. So far Pro's argument has essentially been "I don't understand soccer/I like football better." Remember, Pro has to show why football is BETTER.
And for the record, I've owned 8 Maddens, 5 NCAA Footballs, refereed football games for a season, and spent almost 20 years watching it on TV. I know what to look for.
I would just like to add a supplementary point in favor of soccer.
Soccer is by far the more sporting of the two games. Players and coaches rarely criticize the match officials, and when they do it's in a calm, respectful manner (otherwise discipline would ensue). On the other hand, the officials on a Football game will take a verbal beating. The kind of abuse that would get a coach sent off in soccer is par for the course in Football.
There are also numerous acts of sportsmanship found in soccer that are absent from Football. Whenever a player is injured and requires treatment, the ball will usually be voluntarily put out of play and returned to the possessing team. There are also instances like Miroslav Klose's admitting to handling the ball into the net which correctly let the referee disallow the goal. You are consistently reminded during soccer matches that there are more important things than winning.
The motion of this debate is that Football is better than Soccer. That means showing criteria beyond personal opinion. Pro has not shown anything beyond his own personal preference for Football.
With the wording of the motion, Pro had to show that Football was better, meaning a neutral result would see the motion defeated. Given that Pro has presented so little on Football's behalf and I have presented objective, unrebutted arguments, a vote for Con is warranted under the debate guidelines.
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