The United States and Canada comprise a land mass that is vaster than any other league tries to cover (if you’re wondering, the combined land mass of the US and Canada is 2,530,031 sq km bigger than Russia’s). Population-wise, it’s only third behind China and India as, well, hardly anyone (relatively) lives in Canada – but still, there are 348,396,819 people in the United States and Canada, and there are 19 Major League Soccer teams.
That’s one team per 18,336,675 inhabitants.
The population of London, meanwhile, is 8,174,100. There are six Premier League clubs in London, which is one team for every 1,362,350 inhabitants.
Earlier this week, Tom Dunmore of XI Quarterly looked at a question that’s recently arisen in US soccer circles: can you be a US soccer fan without supporting MLS?
But the question doesn’t end there, as Tom takes it a step further: how can a league that directly covers so little of a country’s population continue to grow? [Posted by Maxi]