Three months ago, but revelation anyone, we began a fun examination on Twitter to live-tweet my life in suburbia (near West Palm Beach, Florida, to be exact). Since many of my life is consumed by watching, reading and essay about soccer, we suspicion it’d be an engaging examination to live chatter any instances where we would see a soccer shirt in public.
Some of we might be propitious to live in Britain or in a vast city where saying a foreigner wearing a soccer shirt is a hackneyed occurrence. But for me, and many others vital in suburbia in a United States, it’s a rarity. we occasionally see a soccer shirt that when we do, we mostly get excited. But we suspicion I’d comment my practice to see what they would reveal.
So, we started adult a Twitter comment named @SoccerShirtLife and proceeded to share my practice of what we saw.
Here’s what we detected during my experiment:
- On average, we saw a soccer shirt once each 3 days,
- I saw a MLS shirt once each 3 weeks,
- I saw an EPL shirt once each 10 days,
- The many series of shirts we saw from a singular bar or nation was 3, that was common by Barcelona, Argentina and — surprisingly — Manchester City (3). In a 3 month span, we saw 2 Manchester United shirts, 2 Chelsea shirts and 1 Arsenal shirt.
In total, we saw 29 shirts in 3 months (or 87 days, to be exact). Out of all of a opposite shirts we saw, we saw some-more EPL shirts (8) than any other league.
The manners we used for spotting soccer shirts were flattering simple. we tweeted any regard we done of a veteran soccer jersey for any bar or nation (cheap knock-offs weren’t recorded). My life in suburbia revolves around my family, so many of my evenings and weekends are spent during a internal soccer parks (for practices and soccer games), as good as going shopping, etc.
The one difference I’ve done to my examination is that accessible we saw between a US women’s inhabitant group and China progressing in December. With an assemblage of some-more than 10,000 in a stadium, it was unfit to count all of a soccer shirts we saw that night. we saw dozens of USA jerseys and even some Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United shirts. Interestingly, we didn’t see one MLS shirt. But in a seductiveness of staying loyal to my experiment, where we wanted to constraint and record soccer shirts we saw in an normal day in suburbia, we motionless to skip a USWNT game.
Let me be a initial to acknowledge that life in suburbia United States is awful for soccer fans unless you’re propitious to live in a city nearby a MLS team. The nearest tip moody veteran group to me is Atlante in Mexico’s league. For a past 11 years, there’s been no MLS group within 1,000 miles of my home. And it doesn’t seem like that is going to change anytime soon.
As distant as anecdotes go, these were few and distant between. we didn’t see any shirts from reduce joining English clubs, so we can’t romanticize about that. And we didn’t see any retro jerseys or something fantastic we haven’t seen in years. Perhaps a many weird occurrence was this morning when we saw a homeless lady during an intersection wearing an Argentina shirt.
Here are a shirts we saw, in total:
How do these shirt sightings review to where we live in a United States? Share your stories, observations or insights in a comments territory below.