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Occupy Soccer: How soccer explains the world.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona
Lionel Messi of Barcelona

So how does soccer explain the world?

With the growing movement to assess the current economic situation, Occupy Wall Street has spread into over 500 cities nationwide, largely in the form of peaceful protests, rallies, and general assemblies. Their primary message: 1% of the population controls 20% of the nation’s wealth, much larger than the 7-9% from roughly twenty years ago. If this trend is allowed to continue, this gap will continue to widen

So why occupy soccer? Such a far cry away from solving any problems related to the world’s economy and its struggling citizens. Or is it?

When it comes to competing in the world’s most popular sport to date, America’s strategy for soccer development is simple: find the best player on the team and organize tactics around him. I remember playing in AYSO soccer as a young lad. I learned very quickly to pass the ball to the fastest and most skillful player on the team, told “he will win the game for us.” The entire team throughout the entire season is organized around this one player. When it comes to math, minus the goal-keeper, this tactic literally hones in on 1% of the field players. Numbers do not lie.

What’s the point? Have you taken a look at American perspectives about soccer?

Our youth development is minimal compared to other countries. We have never made it to the world cup finals. Even the business ethics of our professional clubs limit the success of our professional clubs.

Take a look at Barcelona’s soccer club, arguably the most successful club in the world, winning both the Spanish La Liga and the European Champions League just this past season, not to mention Spain’s 2010 victory in the world cup, whose team has strikingly similar styles of play on the pitch, consisting of a large number of Barcelona’s players. Barcelona is one of the few clubs who raises their “superstars” rather than buying them. Why? Because Barcelona’s team is designed to play as a single unit, all-one. Developed within the club, as early teenagers they begin to learn a system that has been working for decades: collective cooperation.

Such a beauty to watch! You cannot count the number of integrated passes between teammates before some of the most victorious goals are scored. They do not boast individual talent, they strive for a collective work ethic, where the most talented players will help out in any way possible. With patience, composure, and grace, this team is poetry in motion, demonstrating the power of a collective Spirit on Earth, and possible setting an example for organizing social change.


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