This week about 7,000 young soccer players from around the country are gathered in Southern California for the AYSO National Games.
The American Youth Soccer Organization was started 50 years ago here in Torrance, Calif. Since then, soccer has become the second-most popular sport among kids in this country. Over the last two decades alone, the number of youth soccer players has doubled to about 4 million.
The AYSO National Games started June 29 and run through July 7 in games in Riverside and Carson, Calif. Boys and girls from age 8 to 18 will compete in a tournament structured to mirror the FIFA World Cup.
Take Two producer Meghan McCarty attended the opening ceremony of the AYSO games to talk to this young generation of soccer-lovers.