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Richmond Soccer Fans Gearing Up for World Cup

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The 2014 World Cup is officially underway in Brazil and soccer fans are gearing up to watch all the big games.

As fans file in to Brazil's stadium, many in Richmond will be watching from afar.

Leigh Cowlishaw, head coach of the Richmond Kickers, says interest in soccer is at an all-time high.

Since I've been in Richmond, it continues to grow in momentum. More and more people, more organizations are getting involved."

Television numbers show that Richmond was one of the top 10 cities in the country of people watching the English Premier League.

That interest is shown at City Stadium for the Kickers.

"Our pro-team continues to grow," Cowlishaw says. "I think attendance is up 15 to 20 percent this year."
 
Then there's the Richmond Strikers, where kids as young as 4 years old all the way adults compete on the soccer field.  Their numbers continue to grow as well.

"We have a very strong soccer culture," says Richmond Strikers Executive Director Jay Howell. "The numbers have been very strong over the last decade."
     
You can catch all the World Cup soccer action on TV-8. The U.S. plays its first game against Ghana on Monday.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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