If you’re a huge soccer fan, you’ve probably noticed that all the best players play in Europe. Even the stars from soccer countries – like Brazil and Argentina – end up in one of five leagues in Europe. This guide will explain why.
It’s where soccer started
Soccer (or Football as it’s known there) started in England. As early as the 19th Century, it became standardized as a winter sport in public schools. Then, as Britons moved around the world, they took the beautiful game with them. For this reason, England has the most competitive league in the world. And the countries surrounding it – France, Spain, Germany, and Italy – have the other biggest leagues. The reason Europe dominates the soccer world is simply down to geography.
Higher level of competition
Any pro soccer player will want to test their skills against the best. That’s a big reason that they move to Europe. The standard of players in European leagues (especially the big five) is much higher than in other countries around the world.
More dedicated fanbase
The MLS (United States Major League Soccer) is getting bigger all the time. But even the biggest MLS games don’t have the same atmosphere as a cup-tie in England. European fans are super dedicated to the sport – probably because their parents and ancestors were. Passion for sport is often passed down generations, which is why Europe has the most dedicated soccer fans.
In Europe, the stadiums are bigger, the televised games draw a bigger audience, and the leagues are more competitive. All of that means higher wages for the players. The average wage for a Premier League player is £60,000 a week. That’s over £3 million a year! Players from all over the world are drawn to European leagues for the chance to earn big money.
With more money come better soccer facilities. That means higher quality pitches, better-equipped gyms, and incredible training facilities. All of this can help make a soccer player improve their game. For serious foreign players, this can be one of the biggest attractions.
Quality of life
Many players come to Europe for the quality of life. European countries consistently dominate the rankings for quality of life, thanks to the strong economies, incredible history, and mild weather. Plus, it’s a great place to live when you’re on a professional soccer player’s wage.
Higher level of coaching and training
The best players want to be trained by the best coaches. And the best coaches are in Europe. From big names like Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to the lower league coaches, the quality of coaching is amazing. Some schemes – like Soccer to Football – even offer US players the chance to train in Europe. That should tell you just how good it is.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé. What do all these players have in common? They all play in Europe. For professional soccer players, the chance to play against or alongside these big names is a huge draw. Imagine telling your grandkids that you tackled Lionel Messi. That alone is worth moving to Europe for.