Top 10 Countries with the Most Registered Soccer Players

Which countries have the most football players that are currently playing in a club?
According to FIFA
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Last updated: December 21, 2017
First submittedMarch 29, 2017
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Country
6,309,000
Germany
4,187,000
United States
2,142,000
Brazil
1,795,000
France
1,514,000
Italy
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Country
1,486,000
England
1,469,000
South Africa
1,139,000
Netherlands
1,045,000
Japan
866,000
Canada
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Level 61
Dec 21, 2017
It's funny that all of these countries have more registered soccer players than the population of Iceland that is heading to the world cup.
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Level 80
Mar 6, 2018
Eventually you can only take 23. So it doesn't matter that much.
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Level 36
Apr 27, 2018
It does matter though. 23 out of 100,000 for example is not as selective as 23 out of 10 million or 100 million or even a billion
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Level 66
Apr 27, 2018
I have always been perplexed why India isn't more competitive on the world stage. I know there is a lot of poverty there, but one would think that with a billion people, you could field a competitive team of 23 guys (or a few solid singles tennis players or swimmers or something). They're good at cricket and badminton, so it can't just be a lack of athletic talent. I'm sure the reason is much more complicated than I could guess, but it always struck me odd.
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2018
Yeah, sometimes I think that too. It should be a sport's powerhouse. I feel the same about Mexico, even though it has a much smaller population.
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Level 36
Nov 19, 2018
coz india doesn't have a lot sporting culture.......most parents want their kids to study and get good jobs.....

also india is a powerhouse in some sports like cricket , hockey , badminton , kabaddi , chess , squash , polo etc

and its getting better at tennis and football

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Level 73
Nov 25, 2018
Lack of interest in soccer
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Level 49
Oct 8, 2020
It's primarily because of our culture. About 98% or more parents do not want their kids to do something that does not have job security and sporting events are the biggest example of this. I have friends who were exemplary in sports in high school, but did not pursue a career because no one supports him/her. The parents don't, the school doesn't, no clubs support it, so it just turns out the motivation. I remember my mom always saying to me, "It's not supposed to be for you. God has selected and given a select few extraordinary talents in their birth and you don't have it", every time I wanted to go further, or even choose a field of employment that is not medical, or engineering or a civil servant.
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Level 35
Apr 8, 2019
Germany and USA have more registreted playera than country that has been on the final 2018. has citizens.
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Level 70
Dec 21, 2017
Resisting the temptation to suggest you change "soccer" to 'football' given that's what it's known as in the vast majority of the world.

I guess on here the vast majority of members are American and may click on a 'football' quiz expecting it to be about American football.

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Level 78
Dec 21, 2017
It doesn't really matter what it's called though? We all know what it means
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Level 74
Apr 27, 2018
56% of Jetpunk activity is outside the United States, so probably "football" would be more accurate on every front. Still, Quizzer is from the US so we won't hold this against him.
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Level 86
Apr 27, 2018
Just curious, but how do you know?
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Level 38
Apr 29, 2018
Does Canada make up more than 6 percent?
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Level 59
Apr 27, 2018
Plus soccer refers to Association Football. So even the hardliners are calling it Football without knowing it. ;-)
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Level 50
Apr 27, 2018
In Ireland we call it soccer too because we have Gaelic football.
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Level 45
Jan 31, 2018
That's the only stats on football that USA have chance to be at the top.
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Level 73
Apr 27, 2018
You should check out the FIFA rankings for women's soccer. Who's ranked first? And maybe watch the last women's World Cup. Who won that again?
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Level 60
Apr 27, 2018
He meant in the "men's" category.
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Level 21
Feb 25, 2020
He Mean Mens Category Duh!
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2018
No Spain? wow
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Level 65
Apr 27, 2018
according to the Spanish federation only 700k licenses.
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Level 61
Apr 27, 2018
That would mean that 7.8% of the entire German population and about 6,7% of the Dutch population is registered as football players. Elders, infants and all. These figures look a bit suspect, but it wouldn't be the first time.
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Level 38
Apr 27, 2018
I can say that basically all Boys under the age of 18 (Okay, not all...But many)are or have been in a Football Club at some Point in their life. I live in a very small town with only 3000 citizens but we still have a Football Club with over 200 members. I'm actually serious, Football is so huge here... Still, I think that the numbers are too high for Germany and that our small town may be an exception.
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Level 52
Apr 27, 2018
I disagree. In my country even (Serbia) even though football is very popular maybe 10% of all children have been in a football club. Basketball and Volleyball are much more popular at least in my country
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Level 40
Jan 4, 2019
yeah thats why Serbia is the best basketball country outside of the USA.

I'm Dutch and a basketball fan as well (a rare thing here) but even i, from a basketball family, played football until college.

A lot of kids play football not only cause they love the sport but rather cause their parents want them to make friends and stuff.

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Level 38
Apr 27, 2018
Yeah, but Serbia is not Germany.
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Level 54
Dec 26, 2018
I live in the Netherlands and a looot of boys (and some girls) have been a part of a football club as a child. It is the most popular sport here I think.
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Level 64
Feb 19, 2020
I know it seems like a lot but I don't doubt that number for Germany for a second. Every little town really has their own club. The German Football Association (DFB) says there's 25000 (!) clubs. And there are so many different leagues: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bundesliga, several youth leagues, 2 women leagues.
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Level 59
Apr 27, 2018
I don't agree that the figure quoted for England is based solely on England, it surely has to included Scottish, Welsh and Irish players ??
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Level 61
Apr 27, 2018
England is a separate country for football purposes, so by definition it can't include Scotland, Wales or Ireland. England has one of the biggest league structures in the world and every town of any size has a local club with youth teams etc.
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Level 68
Apr 27, 2018
I wrote "UK" and it appeared as England in the answer. UK is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Is the figure for England or the UK?

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Level 70
Apr 27, 2018
I would imagine the figures given are for England F.A., ....... Scotland has it's own F.A. as does Northern Ireland and Wales. I also imagine that the quiz setter made UK available as an answer (although England is shown) to make life easier for those that can't figure out the UK countries situation. These numbers are registered players only see .......http://www.thefa.com/news/2015/jun/10/11-million-playing-football-in-england
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Level 60
Apr 27, 2018
Surprised for Canada. Fun fact, I'm Canadian
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Level 82
Apr 27, 2018
China and India together have about 36% of the world's population but less than 1% of its soccer players, according to FIFA.
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Level 57
Apr 27, 2018
A lot harder than I thought
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Level 65
Apr 28, 2018
I actually found it easier than I thought! Might have fluked it though.
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Level 81
Apr 27, 2018
is a club like a professional soccer team registered with FIFA?
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Level 75
May 2, 2018
There are many clubs with amateur teams that play in lower or regional leagues. I guess they are registered with each country's Football Association, which in turn are part of FIFA.
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Level 74
Aug 19, 2018
Depending on the country, it's a pretty subsidiaric system. If a team plays in a regional league, it's registered in the regional FA. If it goes up to a i.e. statewide league, it has to registere at the state FA. If it goes up to the national level, it has to registere at the national FA. The borders between professional, semiprofessional and amateur teams are fluent.
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Level 42
May 27, 2020
I'm surprised South Africa is ahead of Nigeria.
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Level 30
Nov 24, 2020
I wonder why you did not put Spain, a nation of the most UEFA Champions league champions and Nigeria a nation of most of Africa's all-time great players ahead of Canada,Japan and USA
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Level 24
Mar 25, 2021
Part of the 9.9% of people who got 100%