The beauty of the game of football is that it feels very simple, down-to-earth and accessible. Most boys have played football at some point in their life because a person can play football virtually anywhere with some space.
There isn’t even a need for a team. Other than a ball, there isn’t even a need for any equipment. Even it comes to the ball, children find ways to improvise. For example, Brazilian football legend Pele and Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona both grew up in towns that were so poor that children were playing football with balls made out of rolled-up newspapers.
If you have several friends you would like to play the game with, but not enough people to form two full 11-person teams, you can play street football, which is a variation of the game that includes scoring goals and still giving some competition. For those who want to play a proper game of football, there are thousands of clubs and teams all over the world. No matter where you are, what your age or your level of skill in the game, you can find and join a club.
This is one of the factors that contribute to the popularity of the game and people betting on it. The game feels like something they know about and something they’ve done before. This is not what it feels to watch Formula One, a hockey game or horse racing.
Supporting a football team is a highly emotional experience that may lead to a number of interesting consequences. For example, if you are in a small town, yet you support a well-known team, your friends may accuse you of being a glory hunter. Also, when you become a fan of one team, it often automatically means that you are supposed to dislike some other team and the supporters of that team. The rivalries between the teams can generate a lot of emotions and are very fun to watch.