In the United States, soccer's popularity barely cracks the top five sports: it falls behind baseball, football, hockey and basketball. Globally, however, soccer is the world's most popular sport and everyone pays attention to it. Is the U.S. finally catching on? Networks, sponsors, and youth leagues are helping to propel the sport forward into mainstream culture. One big fact: three million American children played youth soccer in 2012. Check out these figures on what you should know about the United States and soccer so that you can actually participate in World Cup excitement, starting today.

undefined

More from Video

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)

Inside Carnival's Mind Blowing New Horizon Cruise Ship (Video)

Jim Cramer: The 10-Year Yield Could Go to 2.75%

Jim Cramer: The 10-Year Yield Could Go to 2.75%

Elon Musk's Twitter Tirade Is the Dumbest Thing on Wall Street

Elon Musk's Twitter Tirade Is the Dumbest Thing on Wall Street

Replay: Jim Cramer on the Markets, 10-Year Yield, Oil Prices and Foot Locker

Replay: Jim Cramer on the Markets, 10-Year Yield, Oil Prices and Foot Locker

Video: You Could Live in a Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis Home

Video: You Could Live in a Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis Home