How to Make Football Interesting If You’re Not a Football Fan
By Space Coast Daily // September 2, 2021
Some people live and breathe football. Other people aren’t so bothered. If you want to make the game more interesting for a non-football fan, direct them to this article. It will look at some of the ways to make a match more interesting.
Focus off the Ball
When you’re watching a game of football, it can be tempting to follow the ball with your eyes. After all, that’s the whole point of the game, right? Well, it’s kind of right.
All of the main action is centered around the ball. However, if you’re not that interested in the result, it can be quite entertaining to watch the players off the ball. Look how they act when they’re not being watched. You might even spot something for the blooper reel.
Love the Legacy
Even if you’re not a football fan, you have to respect the legacy of the game. It stretches back hundreds of years, spans multiple continents and is full of fascinating information. If you’re not particularly interested in a game, research the teams and look back into their history. This should give you some context for the game.
Rivalries are what makes football so interesting. Some rivalries – like Real Madrid and Barcelona – even have their own name (El Clásico). If you’re being forced to watch a big game, look into the rivalry between the two teams. You will then start to understand why it matters so much to people.
Ignore the Scoreline
One of the biggest mistakes made by non-football fans is focusing on the scoreline. You could spend 90 minutes waiting for a goal for it to never come. Goals are actually quite rare in football. It’s pretty standard for a game to end 0-0 or 1-0. That means you should ignore the scoreline and try to appreciate the build-up play.
Savor the Commentary
Football commentary is some of the best in the world. In Spanish and South American countries, it’s very dramatic and loud. In most European countries, it’s more reserved. However, you will often find an element of humor that is brought to the game. Listen carefully to what the commentators are saying. Who knows, you might learn something.
Place a Bet
One of the best ways of making a game of football more interesting is to place a bet. Using a sports betting site, place a bet on your favorite team or player.
This will add to the excitement and give you something to watch for. Just make sure you only bet with money that you are prepared to lose.
Watch Messi & Ronaldo
If you’re not a football fan, you might not have realized that you are living through one of the most important times in football history. You are living in the era of Messi and Ronaldo.
These two players are widely considered the greatest of all time, with fans constantly arguing over who is better. Watch them play, and you will gain a new appreciation for the sport. You can find plenty of compilations on YouTube to get you started.