Soccer apparel and footwear sales increases have kicked their way past baseball and football, according to research firm NPD Group.
Soccer footwear sales in the U.S. between April 2014 and March 2015 increased 14% over the previous year to $139 million. Apparel sales for men, women and children soared 57% to $112 million.
The biggest catalyst for soccer-related sales? The 2014 World Cup held in Brazil.
"The 2014 World Cup spurred a big jump in interest in soccer," Matt Powell, sports industry analyst for NPD, said in a statement.
Baseball footwear sales declined 5% from the previous year to $91.5 million, while apparel fell 7% to $163.4 million....