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World Cup Helps Spike Interest in Soccer in Northern Nevada

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Local parks are filling up with summer soccer camps. And local soccer leagues for all ages are filling up too. And it's not just because of the World Cup.

"I do think the World Cup helps," says Richard Jay with the Great Basin Youth Soccer League. "But it's a great game for activity. With some sports there's some standing around waiting and with soccer everybody's moving all the time. And it's affordable. I mean with us it's $100 for the season...for everything."

The Reno Sportsdome is seeing a spike in participation too.

"We have kids here as young as two and three getting into classes," says Owen Blake who runs the Sportsdome, an indoor sports club. "And we have adult leagues too where veteran players come in a couple of times a week to exercise and to play with friends."

And parents are loving it too.

"I love the game," says Pamela Standridge who has two children ages 6 and 8 who play. "It gives them exercise, teaches them responsibility, helps with their reflexes and gives them the concept of teamwork. I love it! And it's safer that some sports, there's not such a risk of concussions."

While they were all about the playing this morning, they took a break this afternoon to watch the U.S. take on Ghana in Brazil.

Written by Erin Breen
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