Football is More Than Just a Popular Sport

Sunday, November 4, 2012
For most people, it's common fact that football is the most popular sport in the world. However, not everybody realizes the significant role football plays in many people's everyday life.

Eleven players grace the field for each team, playing with an unmatched combination of both speed and endurance. The game is all about skillful control of the feet, which is important not also but keeping balance but also controlling the game ball. In fact, the only football player allowed to use his hands is the goal, which is understandable in preventing an unfair advantage for the offensive team.

Throughout the world, football fans are known for their passionate loyalty. The sport is far more than just a game for most fans. Many games, especially those between international teams, have political undertones. Even between teams from the same country, rivalry leads to behavior that often gets out of hand. Fans commonly chant profane insults at the competing team's players and fans. Unfortunately, violence has found a place in the sport's culture. Every year, there are reports of players and coaches mysteriously reported missing or dead after losing a key match.
Football is typically a low-scoring affair. Even though football has the longest playing time of all popular sports, scores for either team very rarely exceed more than a couple points for each team. Teams usually exchange possession of the ball dozens of times before a play resulting in a scored point. It's possible for the game to result in a tie, although players typically compete in a shootout if the score is tied after the regulation time and stoppage time.

Children around the globe dream of playing professional football, and pick up the sport at a very young age. Young kids are playing football before they can walk, and play for several teams at a time during their early childhood and teenage years. The professional leagues have several levels of competition, similar to minor league system used by baseball in the United States. It's not uncommon for teenage football players to find themselves signing lucrative professional contracts even before they can legally drive an automobile.

Professional football players instantly earn gratification as a national icon once they put on their team's jersey. Celebrities such as David Beckham, Pele and Ronaldinho are household names because of their success on the football field. The top professional football players are overwhelming harassed by the paparazzi, similar to that of a star musician or popular actress. On the other hand, professional football players are able to demand a significant amount of money by endorsing or promoting a business' product.

Unfortunately, like all professional athletes, not ever football player is an exceptional role model prepared for the global attention. Similar to other sports, many professional football players get caught using illegal substances, either for recreation or to enhance sports performance. In addition, battery and fighting are other unfortunate occurrences often associated with rowdy players.

However, it's important not to stereotype football players by the poor choices made by a few immature athletes. Even with the corruption involved in professional football, the sport provides great benefits for all of the players. Aside from the obvious physical fitness benefits and the potential financial benefits of playing a sport professionally, the game provides an inspiration for people of all ages to commit to something larger than themselves.