Welcome to SmallWorld

You might think the world is big.

You might especially feel this way if you read too many statistics, like how many people are on the earth, how many languages are spoken across the world, or how many countries are internationally recognized. I don’t want to argue with statistics, because I’m clearly going to lose that argument every time. I do, however, want to use this space to promote a different way of looking at our world today than statistics can show us.

The truth is, our world doesn’t have to feel as big as it usually does. Take something that people around the world can unite over, like, oh, I don’t know, soccer (the more astute among my readers will quickly recognize soccer as a frequently-featuring concept throughout this blog). When a uniting agent such as soccer is placed in a community with the right set of circumstances, a truly amazing thing begins to happen. People are positively influenced by the presence of a professional soccer team.

Through SmallWorld, I’m setting out to bring light to the clubs that are doing this very well. Throughout the country, soccer teams small and large are making an impact in their own unique way on the respective communities which they call home. As soccer grows in the United States, more cities, towns, and neighborhoods are getting their own local clubs to support at all levels of play, and I’m here to tell their stories, promote their missions, and give my readers a taste of what local soccer looks like throughout our great nation.

If you’re looking to learn more about local soccer near you, then hopefully, I’ll end up featuring one of your local clubs (and if you think I ought to be, let me know on social media or leave a comment on one of my posts). If you’re looking to learn about local soccer in a different region than where you live, you’ll definitely find those opportunities on this blog. If you want updates on a lower league in the US soccer pyramid that’s hard to find info on, I’m probably one of few who will keep track of it and write on it. And if at the end of the day, what you’re really looking for is a place where diversity, unity, and local culture are celebrated through the best sport in the world, then you might just find your home in this SmallWorld. Metaphorically speaking. Full disclaimer, you can’t live in a blog. Sorry.

Most people don’t realize how small our world really is. But that’s about to change. Welcome to a crazy, humorous, passionate, diverse, collective, beautiful, and, ultimately, small world. Welcome to American soccer as it should be.




By danny kotula

danny kotula is an aspiring sports writer and play-by-play commentator. unfortunately, he is not good at either one. his interests include watching soccer and listening to obscure music genres, and those aren’t even his most boring ones. he was born in Tacoma, Washington but has called South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, California, Georgia, and Costa Rica home over the course of his life. he generally knows where to put a comma, which is by far his most redeeming quality. he is writing this in third person as if he were famous enough for someone to write him a biography, but don’t be fooled. he’s not famous.

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