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Viewpoint: Four Billion People Follow Soccer but It's Gone at Rye High
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As reported in a letter to the editor last week and a story this week it appears that boys’ soccer is over at Rye High School. With barely over 200 students it is difficult for the Thunderbolts to field competitive teams, especially during fall sports. Football, soccer, cross country and golf all compete for male athletes.

In the last several seasons that problem has been eased slightly by young men who compete in two sports at a time. The most frequent cross over has been between football and soccer.

It appears that the decision which sport to eliminate was made by the school without much, if any parental or coaching input. That being said, it did seem that four sports in one season made it difficult for any of the four sports to be as competitive as they could be.

At a world wide scope soccer would have been the last sport to go. Four percent of the world’s population, roughly 265 million people, play soccer. It Is estimated that four BILLION people follow the sport.

Cricket, the sport not the insect, has 2.5 billion followers. It’s primary sphere of influence is in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries. Like American football a team consists of eleven players. Like American baseball you attempt to score more runs than your opponent.

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