After the last World Cup with just plain awful officiating and the stupid ball until some excellent play until the quarterfinals, I don't get into it near as much either.
Furthermore, I am annoyed playing any pick-up games here given the garbage selfish style of way too many a fellow American or any given Mexican jerk down here when it comes to playing as well.
All too often too many dudes think they are Maradona or Messi after they spent $200 too much on some shoes. And given the relatively subpar state of American soccer in the global perspective, I don't understand all the arrogance I have seen in the suburbs of almost every town for at least 25 years now.
Blatter is becoming to the game what his peers for the NBA, NHL, and MLB are already. It's time for him to go too.
Also gambling corruption as has been in the shadows for years is now out heavily in the open as became the case with the NBA when I started to lose interest in it back in 2006.
Essentially the game needs a bit of an overhaul in the rules including the following:
Join every other major sport on the planet for sake of video replay. It should be used for all goals in question, all corners for sake of shirt-pulling and holding, all fouls inside the box, and for video review of any conduct that took place before any fight has broken out. The match need not necessarily be stopped for review, but rather if not viewed by the referee or linesmen it should be stopped by the video official in only the event of an infraction.
Illegal defence: No more than 7 men on defence inside the 18-yard line unless the same or more of the opposition are in the box with corner kicks and all free kicks excepted. This reduces the effectiveness of the boring strategy of teams who score one goal and then just spend the rest of the game camping in defenders in their half and in the box and kicking the ball out-of-bounds.
There has to be less hesitancy on issuing the second yellow card.
In addition to any tackle from behind that does not get the ball, any tackle that hits a player in the knee or above is also a straight red card or expulsion. No need for referee discretion when neither is even close.
Goal keeper direct kick out-of-bounds is automatic free kick to the opponent 10 yards in from the spot of going out-of-bounds, but no farther out also than 10 yards towards the goal from midfield.
Hip checks only between players in direct contention for the ball are allowed, as they often take place anyway. No other part of the body but that which is covered with shorts can be used however, or it is a foul.
Bottom Line: All the above won't necessarily make the game have mass appeal in North America as I just do not see ever happening but in a few spots, but it sure will improve it for the rest of us and a few more in North America.