I have to say that after living in the area for 12 years now, when I travel and come home, I am amazed at what a beautiful city we have! We also have amazing small businesses and people we bond with, and one of those is Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill. Portland is also fortunate enough to have a soccer team, so I thought it would be fun to have some soccer facts for you.
1. Soccer is called football in practically every country except the US and Canada is the first cool soccer fact.
2. Soccer is distinguished from rugby and American/Canadian football in that it is primarily played with the feet. Touching the ball with hands is not allowed.
4. The University of North Carolina has won an incredible 16 national championships in women’s soccer since the first US college tournament in 1982 as facts about soccer continue.
5. Billions of people watch the televised games as the national teams from countries around the globe battle it out for soccer supremacy.
6. Fun soccer fact is that United States Major League Soccer made its debut in 1996, shortly after the wildly successful 1994 World Cup was hosted by the United States.
7. The Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) made its debut in 2001. Eight teams participated, and Brandi Chastain’s Bay Area CyberRays won the inaugural league championship over Atlanta. The league disbanded in 2003 as the fun facts about soccer continue.
8. United States has more official soccer players than any other nation in the world – almost 18 million. Of these, 78 percent are under the age of 18. In the 1990s, soccer was recognized as the fastest-growing college and high school sport in the US.
9. ASEC Abidjan of Cote D’Ivoire went unbeaten for 108 games between 1989 and 1994.
10. Carlos Caszely of Chile was the first red carded player in a World Cup tournament on June 14, 1974 as the fun facts about soccer continue.
Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!