Of course it depends on the country. But in America during the
past century, it has become a custom to watch football-- high
school football is especially popular in many cities. And these
days, there are also National Football League (professional) games
that are played on Thanksgiving.
Considering soccer or futbol is the worlds most popular sport i
would assume new zealand began to play it and like the rest of the
world it just caught on. Like in America football over the years
has become extremely popular.