Proof Americans care more about soccer than you think

Fans of both the U.S. and the Belgium national soccer team gathered to watch the game at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. The U.S. was defeated by Belgium 2-1 in the World Cup Round of 16. (Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post)

Do you believe that we will win?

My Washington Post colleague Ishaan Tharoor has already outlined a few of the ways in which American soccer has already come out on top in this year's World Cup. But there's one more, according to the bean counters who keep track of the traffic for FIFA:  Americans are watching the most World Cup coverage over FIFA's official Web site and apps.

According to FIFA numbers provided to The Post, Americans make up a full 20 percent of all the traffic to the company's official apps and Web sites. In the last 28 days, 36.7 million unique visitors from the United States have visited FIFA.com or the FIFA app. That's about 11.28 percent of the U.S. population.

What's more, U.S. fans spend more time using FIFA's Web products than the populations of Brazil, Germany, England and France combined. When watching the U.S. match against Germany, FIFA reported that U.S. soccer fans spent a collected 67 years and 217 days of time on the World Cup Web site and app.

Here's how the traffic breaks down by state. (FIFA says seventh-place Washington refers to Washington, D.C.):

Visitors Total Pages Total seconds
1 California (United States) 8.2m 335.8m 12,351.9m
2 New York (United States) 4.3m 172.7m 6,637.7m
3 Texas (United States) 4.0m 158.7m 5,642.5m
4 Florida (United States) 2.7m 104.8m 3,686.3m
5 Illinois (United States) 2.2m 80.0m 2,892.6m
6 New Jersey (United States) 2.0m 69.1m 2,453.1m
7 Washington (United States) 2.1m 66.5m 2,464.5m
8 Georgia (United States) 2.5m 95.8m 3,716.0m
9 Massachusetts (United States) 1.3m 46.3m 1,656.6m
10 Virginia (United States) 1.4m 43.9m 1,528.7m
source: Omniture for FIFA Digital Platforms
june 1 - June 30 2014

 


A fan blows a kiss before the World Cup round of 16 game between Belgium and the United States at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, Brazil, on Tuesday  (Reuters/Sergio Moraes)
Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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