Football is a Universal Sport. It goes beyond divisions like race, language, age, gender etc. If It were up to me, I’d declare it the best sport on the planet without a thought. But, here are pretty good points as to why Football is simply the best and things you’re missing out on if you’re not playing or watching Football.
1. First off, it’s a religion!
Football is one sport that is played most consistently around the world. According to FIFA’s Big Count survey in 2006, there were 265 million players actively involved in soccer around the world, roughly about 4 percent of the world’s population. It’s not practised or dominated by one particular country. This means that 1 in 25 people you meet is directly involved with Football, and it just keeps on increasing every single year by 2 or 3%.
2. All you need is a Football to begin
No, seriously – get few stones, get a ball and that’s about it. Shoes are nice, but definitely not a necessity.
The rules are pretty simple too (unless you are playing professional football), you just need to get the ball inside the opponent’s goal without using your hands, and that’s it.
3. There is no particular time or season
There is never a bad season or time for football. Minimal requirements mean that you can start a game anywhere, at anytime.
4. It’s truly a team sport
The idea of total football was introduced by the Dutch and every single club and country has adopted this technique of play. Each one has a specific duty, but every position, even goalies can push forward, help defend a play, take a free kick and even score.
5. Size doesn’t matter!
It is a common misconception that only the tall or the big built can play football. However, Cryuff strongly believed that was not true. Size matters lesser than agility and speed. The game is completely based on touch, control and sheer technique.
6. There is no better feeling than watching your favourite team score.
It is orgasmic. Period.
7. The world comes together during the World Cup.
If you haven’t watched a football world cup match till date, you are missing out on quite a lot.
The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most widely viewed sports event.
Around 715 million people watched the 2006 final match in Germany, while the 2010 South Africa event was broadcasted to 204 countries on 245 different channels.
8. The margin of error is an inch.
One inch too much or too less, you don’t quite make it.
One step too fast or too slow, you don’t quite catch it.
– A Legend
9. It’s just beautiful to watch.
Remember the Brazil national team’s ad inside an airport or the famous Ronaldinho’s crossbar video? It is just sheer joy!
10. The games are unpredictable
There is no team who’s been able to defend their crown in world football or club football in recent times. I mean the odds of Leicester winning league was 5000-1 and the odds of finding life on another planet before 2017 was 1000-1. The results are unpredictable and that brings you to the edge of the couch every weekend.
11. It is the most beautiful game in the world. ARE YOU READY?
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This article is written by Anuvindh Suresh
E-Sport Manager Football