Soccer is played and watched the world over, and what makes the beautiful game so popular is the variety of ways that fans can enjoy the sport.
Whether 5 or 11-a-side, playing a match is a great way to enjoy soccer. All you need is a ball and enough space for all the players, and what’s more, you don’t even need goalposts. Who can forget the enduring image from the British schoolyard, the game’s birthplace, with schoolchildren chasing after a ball and their jumpers placed on the ground as substitutes for the goals? Of course, a match with friends doesn’t have to be a formal end-to-end affair, games like three-and-in or heads and volleys are terrific fun while also being a great way to practice and enjoy some of soccer’s core skills such as heading, volleying, and dribbling.
Of course, playing a match with friends is a great way to enjoy soccer, but so too is watching a game on television. Nowadays soccer has never been as accessible with games broadcast live from leagues all over the world, so fans can gather to watch Lionel Messi perform an audacious dribble before switching to another channel to see Cristiano Ronaldo score an extraordinary free kick. And there will always be the die-hard supporters who travel to their local stadium every week, wearing their team’s colors and shouting encouragement to the players as they try to score that all-important winning goal.
Reality is becoming more virtual all the time, and after playing or watching a soccer match, many fans look to emulate some of the game’s great managers such as Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, and Johann Cruyff in testing their tactical awareness using a football manager simulation game.
Soccer is often called the people’s game, and with so many ways to enjoy the world’s most popular sport, it truly is.