Soccer is the world’s language. So, what if we spoke it fluently? What if U.S. sports fans followed the game in a deep way, and not just during the FIFA World Cups? What if the opinionators on general sports talk shows knew how to talk fútbol like they do football? Would we feel more connected to other countries? Would our diplomats and business leaders acquire “soft power” that creates opportunities to advance U.S. interests? Or would much of the planet sneer at the States for co-opting its beautiful game? Prep for the World Cup final by joining us on Dec. 15 for our next Future of Sports event. It’s a thought exercise that, based on the growth of soccer in the U.S., just might offer clues of what lies ahead in the decade to come.
- George Dohrmann, managing editor at The Athletic and author of Switching Fields: Inside the Fight to Remake Men’s Soccer in the United States
- Gwendolyn Oxenham, producer of the podcast Hustle Rule: The Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer
- Tom Farrey, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program executive director (moderator)
Register here for our free, virtual conversation.
Future of Sports is a conversation series, hosted by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, that helps stakeholders think through key questions shaping the future of our games, the sports industry and its impact on society. Past events examined the future of football, a series on college athlete pay including the government’s role and the future of name, image and likeness rights, sports betting, athlete activism, coaching, the U.S. Olympic movement, women’s pro sports, children’s rights in sports, and the future of sports in the climate crisis. Contact Sports & Society Program Editorial Director Jon Solomon at [email protected] with questions or inquiries.
Thank you to Axios Sports for its support as media partner of the Future of Sports series.