American Soccer: History, Culture, Class

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This narrative of U.S. soccer's history and present-day status addresses the issues of socioeconomics. Emphasizing the differences between social classes in U.S. soccer past and present, as well as those between American soccer and international football, this work analyzes the role of class in American soccer's failure to carve out a more prominent place in the sports landscape. Contemporary soccer is explored from its beginnings in informal Parks and Recreation leagues to the development of formal club programs, and university, professional, and U.S. national teams. In recent decades, Hispanic leagues formed primarily by Mexican and Central American immigrants have reinforced the theme of a class-based, exclusionary space in U.S. soccer. A personal perspective based on the authors' experience coaching soccer at the informal level broadens the book's appeal.

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Gregory G. Reck is a professor of anthropology at Appalachian State University. His publications include numerous articles, and book chapters. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.
Bruce Allen Dick is a professor of English at Appalachian State University. He publishes in African American, Latino, and film studies. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.

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"The authors analyze what ails the growth of soccer in the US, especially the 'pay to play' policy that governs the game, thus making it a sport dominated by the upper middle class and eliminating whole groups, especially talented, lower-class Latino immigrants, who then form their own segregated leagues...includes chapters on the upside-down pyramid and how to rectify it.... Recommended. All readers." --Choice

"Presents students, academics, researchers, and general-interest readers with a narrative inquiry into the history and contemporary socioeconomics of soccer in the United States" --ProtoView

"Questions United States youth soccer and how its social-economic space applies to class, ethnicity, and cultural symbols.... U.S. soccer is like an inverted pyramid and prohibits playing opportunities to those who cannot afford to play. The authors situate the current game as a middle-to-upper-class privilege. They conclude that U.S. soccer must become more inclusive, or it will remain a marginal participatory and spectator sport...case studies are most useful...contributes to national studies of Latino/a impact in U.S. soccer and the significance of the collegiate game." --Journal of Sport History

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