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Iowans Catch World Cup Fever

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — It may not be America’s pastime, but plenty of Americans are getting World Cup fever with nearly 25 million Americans watching Sunday’s close game. And with Thursday’s big match against Germany it`s safe to say many Americans will be tuning in during their lunch break.

This sport has come a long ways, especially for kids. The US’s largest youth sports organization, US Youth Soccer started 40 years ago with roughly 100,000 participants. It now has more than 3 million.

West Des Moines Soccer Club is one of the Midwest’s largest soccer clubs with an estimated 2,000 participants. “I think what’s starting to happen is the younger players who played 10 or 15 years ago are now parents. And so they have a much stronger knowledge base and stronger interest.”

Officials say World Cup fever has gotten more kids dribbling down the fields. However, they say parents are likely the biggest influence.

And in honor of the World Cup, the club is also holding a World Cup Camp for kids 9 to 14.

The camp will include mini tournaments, a world cup championship, and a chance to learn about new cultures.

That camp starts July 14th. For more information you can go to:

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