Since football was invented in the mid-19th century, it is one sport that has gained outstanding popularity around the globe. Unlike any other sports, football is played on the streets of practically every country in the world. We’ve seen tapes and records of centuries of football leagues and friendly competitions, and the crowds keep growing.
However, after so many years of success and fame, is football reaching its ‘retirement age’ any time soon? According to the odds, both fans and prospective players can still look forward to football’s bright future, and here are 5 reasons why.
- The fans.
We can’t talk about football without talking about the fans; it’s the large, passionate, and supportive crowd across borders that makes this sport so thrilling. Game after game, we see the laughter, victory chants, and even tears; that’s how passionate people are about the game.
Sports betting has become quite prominent as well, with fans who love football enough to put their stakes in, and hopefully win big while enjoying the show, whether it be at the bookies or online with sites like Infogol. The bottom line is since the fans are still pretty psyched about football, the game can only get better regardless of the year.
- The market is still booming.
Football is unarguably the world’s most popular sport and a top earner for the sports industry world over. In fact, a recent survey showed that at least 43% of people are interested in the sport.
It has been a real game-changer for many countries across Europe but still has many global markets to conquer. In large economies like China and America, there’s so much room for growth, which means we should expect to see the football enterprise grow a lot more in such countries over the years.
- The politics behind it.
Ever heard of good sportsmanship? Study the history of sports like football; you’ll find that most countries use sports to better their ties, bury hatchets, and encourage peace. In recent times, that idea has been shaken up a bit because football has become more international than ever.
The sports stage has been an effective platform to tackle racism, gender issues, and equality in the work environment. No other sport does this as well as football, as both players and fans have the opportunity to voice their grievances and change the status quo through mass media.
We live in a technologically advanced age. So, stating that it also contributes to football’s bright future is essential. With every young lad hoping to become the next best player, the betting and gaming experience keeps growing and advancing every year. Millennials love the virtual experience. While many youngsters love the thrill of playing the game for real, others prefer to sweat it out on their gamepads.
Apart from the gaming experience, football is also seeing increased technology in the field. The tiny drones flying across the pitch, electronic performance and tracking systems, video assistant referees’ and intelligent kits with wearable technology make them game more futuristic, enjoyable, and just out of this world.
- Women in sports.
Football has created a wide community that accepts talent, regardless of color, race, or gender. However, despite the movements on equality and inclusiveness, we are yet to see women’s sports in its prime. We hear household names like Serena Williams and many applaud her for her tennis skills.
How many female football players are a household name? That hasn’t quite happened yet, and from what we hear, there’s a lot more investment and strategic plans to make that happen. Larger stadiums, bigger female clubs, and hopefully an equally passionate community cheering them on from the crowd.
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