As popular as football is, with the highest fan base and broadcasting presence worldwide, some people still debate its superiority.
Many times, they bring up weird statistics to make other sports seem superior to football. And, truth be told, the numbers and facts don’t lie. Football’s tentacles touch virtually every country on the planet like no other sport. Here are the top five reasons why football is second to none if you are still in doubt.
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1. Competition within continents
Asides the famous World Cup that unites the entire world every four years, every continent has its own football organizing body that put together continental competitions. In Europe, there is the UEFA champions league, which is the most famous in the world. Other continents such as Asia, America, and Africa, have their own respective champions league. No other sport has such an active continental presence. Furthermore, football knows no boundaries; therefore, players can transfer from any location of the world.
2. Football has the most popular tournament in the world.
The World Cup is one of the reasons why football is popular. It’s a stage that showcases the world’s best talent in clubs and countries. World cups make it possible for the international light to shine on many local and national players, especially in Africa and other third world nations. FIFA brings countries together and, as much as possible, rotates the hosting rights among different nations. It is always a time of economic growth and massive revenue generation for the host.
3. No Age Limit
Unlike many sports that cap the age of participation, football is all-inclusive as long as players have the passion and skill to play. There are academies for young kids who have been playing as early as 8-12 years old at the club level. These arrangements give children a sense of belonging and they are also thrown into a world of international recognition that produces rewarding careers.
Football is the sport with the highest level of team rivalry and unity all at once. Thanks to the fans, these matches build up the passion in world football. Examples of rivalry include neighboring clubs, Arsenal/Chelsea, and Real Madrid/Barcelona. There are also cross-continent rivalry, e.g., Manchester United and Barcelona. These existing rivalries go all the way to local events that aren’t directly related to football, making football more popular.
5. The passion for football is explosive
It doesn’t matter where you are watching a football game, whether it’s the stadium, bar, or a sports center, the passion doesn’t diminish. Fans will do anything to catch their club’s game. Even sports betting folk who may not necessarily be die-hard fans of any club stay glued to the screens because every stage of the game is an opportunity to be rewarded for passion, especially if they bet on Sky Bet Super 6. No other sports in the world comes close.
With the above five points, you’ll likely agree with us that football is a game that comes second to non.