Regarding soccer in the U.S., here’s some good background reading on the subject.
He supports (and perhaps influenced) my view that the soccer culture in the U.S. is not conducive to producing elite levels of ball control. He also talks about the difference between direct and possession soccer and why direct soccer (which doesn’t produce high quality ball control) is favored in the U.S. (it wins games at low levels).
The following two articles explore some key organizational differences in soccer in the U.S.: promotion/relegation, transfer fees and solidarity payments.
This guy makes a good case for making the MLS a “selling league”. (HT: Men in Blazers)
A key point is that these features are nearly universal in the soccer world, but the U.S. did not adopt them and it holds us back.