Soccer Culture in America examines what world's favorite sport means in the U.S. Despite the common belief that it is only a women's sport, immigrants' sport, and small kids' sport, or that hating soccer is a very American thing to do, essays compiled in this volume attest that soccer indeed is very American. Although American football, basketball, ice hockey, and baseball are often considered to be prototypically American, the popularity of soccer is high in the U.S. both in participation and viewership. Essays will touch upon issues concerning: business of the game, meaning of men's professional, women's national, high school, and youth soccer, media, hooliganism, academic examinations of the sport, and referees.
Yuya Kiuchi is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. He is also an editorial advisory board member for the Journal of Popular Culture.