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BRAVE NEW WORLD: U.S. MAKES A SPLASH AT THE WORLD CUP.

Soccer is among the most popular youth sports in the United States, with at least 13 million participants under the age of 18, according to the Soccer Industry Council of America. However, as a spectator sport, soccer has struggled. Without a U.S. professional league for years and with the current Major League Soccer striving for recognition since its inception in 1996, the games's rules and basic strategies are unknown to a large number of Americans.

The U.S. national team's success at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan has boosted interest in the sport. With the Americans' quarterfinal against Germany on Friday (4:30 a.m., ESPN), the Daily News offers a guide to help new soccer spectators.

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3 boxes, drawing

Box:

(1) THE FIELD: WHERE IT ALL HAPPENS

(2) THE MOVES

(3) SCORING GOALS

Drawing:

BRAVE NEW WORLD: U.S. MAKES A SPLASH AT THE WORLD CUP

Sources: Associated Press; Knight-Ridder Tribune; ``Sports: the Complete Visual Reference'' by Francois Fortin

Graphics: Associated Press

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 20, 2002
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