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The Passion for Football for You and Your friends

It should already be defined what is the popularity of a sport. Let’s say arbitrarily that it is the sum of those who have practiced the sport concerned at least once in a year.

Below is a list of the 9 key success factors that I believe influence the popularity of a sport as defined above.

  • Rules intelligible by the Homo sapiens means (which complicates the task of rugby for example)
  • Sport rhythm, little time out, few ungrateful roles, elasticity of playing time
  • So that even in 5 minutes of play, you have time to have fun
  • Problem of baseball and cricket, where there are laps to wait, unable to play a game in a short time
  • Football would have this problem if there were more roles perceived as ungrateful like that of the goalkeeper.

Using a ball

At all times and in all places, men invented games of bullets (in other examples the Greeks of antiquity, in imperial China, among the Aztecs, the Aborigines of Australia, or in medieval Europe). Now that you can have the football news and updates the options would be perfect for you discuss about them.

  • These sports seem to have appeared “naturally” as soon as a round, spherical object could be developed or circulated: the men do not seem then to be able to resist the urge to go to kick, to advance the ball by all the means
  • You only have to see the frenzy that seizes the crowd in one evening as soon as a balloon is dropped, everyone hastens, as soon as the ball approaches, to try to hit it
  • There is probably something animal, related to our instinct of player or hunter, that we share with dogs and cats who seem to have fun hunting bullets or balls.
  • Team play: multiplies the possibilities of interactions, makes the parts more alive, syndrome “the parts follow each other but are not alike”, it becomes possible to build tactics

Ability to play on all terrains

  • No need for a flat ground where to bounce the ball
  • Unlike basketball and handball
  • No need for a very friable ground where to dive is not dangerous
  • Unlike rugby and American football

Elasticity of the number of participants and the field

In football, the size of the field can adapt to the available space, to the number of player, everything is possible.

Unlike cricket, baseball, basketball too

Even with fixed field size, football accepts a certain elasticity of the number of players (quality shared with lots of ball sports, however, we remember the rotating ping pong at 15)

No need for special instruments / equipment

  • Just poles, but backpacks of schoolchildren are enough to materialize
  • Unlike basketball (panels)

Unlike volleyball (net), tennis (racket, net), Ping-Pong (table), ice hockey, etc., there are different options.