Few activities are as quintessentially British as football. Whether playing it till you can’t move your legs anymore, watching it on the telly with a hot cuppa, or getting responsibly rowdy with your mates at the stadium – the excitement is infectious!
Even those that aren’t really into football can’t help but get excited when they hear the crowds cheering. Checking champions league scores can be as thrilling as opening a Christmas present, or as devastating as Firefly getting cancelled – it’s all an emotional rollercoaster, whether you’re a player or a fan.
Introducing someone new to the sport
If you’ve met someone new and they’re not into football, it can be quite the strain on a relationship. Especially for die-hard fans. It’s a good idea to get your other half on board in a way they can understand and appreciate. While beer and sports have always been a great source of entertainment it’s probably not the most convincing selling point.
The World Cup is the perfect opportunity. The allure of the whole world gathering together to see their best teams compete is undeniably irresistible. The noise, the chanting, the gasps of anticipation and moans of crushing defeat; what else brings such unity to everyone everywhere except perhaps the Olympics or a Royal Wedding?
If they’ve never watched a match before or can’t differentiate between the different teams the world cup is the perfect elixir to their resistance. Few people would begrudge cheering for their nation, and “England” of “Brazil” are certainly easier to remember and identify. Hand them a pint or a glass, a flag of the homeland and let the adrenaline take over! Then just remind them how much fun they had, in spite of themselves, watching the world cup and try and translate that to some other matches.
The best thing about football is how it’s rooted in tradition. For many fans, their love of their hometown is often at the heart of their devotion to a particular team. Taking pride in your home and ancestral roots is important and it’s definitely something everyone can relate to. No doubt your new partner has some quirky traditions from where they hail, everybody does, so if you equate your love of the game to your love of your town, they’ll be sure to at least appreciate it.
Sticking in this similar vein, for many people football is a family activity. Reams of photo albums showing multiple generations getting together to check out a match. Football can be so much more than just a fun pastime – it’s your connection to the past and important memories with people that might not be with you anymore. Many families wind up scattering all over the country, if not the world, and it can become increasingly difficult to keep those connections strong.
Bringing the family together
What better way of ensuring your dearest, if no longer nearest, folk gather together for a day of off-site fun. And it’s all the better when you have new little ones to pass on the torch to. With such sentiments, your partner will surely – if not be jumping up and down next time Spurs are playing – at least giving you the space to enjoy the match without shooting you the side-eye.
Milk the power of nostalgia – you’re not just watching a match, you’re coming home.