That is being narrow minded it has nothing to do with thuggery or violence, only a very small percentage of fans (if they can be called that) are hooligans (if it can be expressed in % terms it being so low).
I disagree, even at the kiddie soccer you see overexcited parents acting like thugs. I used to take my kids, but having parents scream abuse as the kids and the referee wasn't any fun at all so my kids now play other sports.
I have been to about 20 international soccer games and countless club games across the world never seen a problem. The Australian media likes to make soccer look bad or at least it has in the past.
You ASSume my attitude is based upon the soccer thuggery I see on TV. It's not. It's based on experience by the soccer field and re-inforced by what I see on TV.
If we talk about violence have a look at Aussie Rules, Rugby U & L, where punch ups, wrestling are almost part of the game. We must also give the NRL & AFL judiciary a mention where eye gauging is dealt with on weekly basis.
Hardly similar at all .. perhaps the behaviour of bulldog supporters can be likened to it, but that's really limited to the supporters from one club only and crowd violence is all but unheard of in Australian Rules.
As for soccer itself, seems to me that your ability to play well is based upon your acting ability.