Last weekend saw the start of the new football season. Fans across the country put the sad and unfortunate events of earlier in the week (UK Riots) aside to rally together yet again in support of their favorite teams nationwide. Personally I don’t follow any teams, I know very little about football in general, but what I do know is that it is one of the subjects that unites communities, regardless of their other differences. Of course football has it’s dark side too, hooliganism, racism and fights etc, but this is a positive post focusing on the joys of camaraderie and the way watching 22 men run around a pitch with a ball makes thousands of people happy. For 90 minutes men, women and children join together to share an experience that can make them laugh and cheer with joy if their team is winning and scream, complain and weep if their team is defeated.
The season was due to kick off with 7 premiership matches on Saturday 13.08.2011, but due to the riots earlier in the week the match between Tottenham and Everton was postponed, so only 6 were played.
Blackburn v Wolverhampton FT score = 1-2
Fulham v Aston Villa FT score = 0-0
Liverpool v Sunderland FT Score = 1-1
QPR v Bolton FT Score = 0-4
Wigan v Norwich FT Score = 1 -1
Newcastle v Arsenal FT Score = 0-0
In addition to these there were also matches in the Championship, League 1 & 2, and Conference leagues, but this would be a very long post if I listed all of the results!
I did wonder when this topic was suggested if I could pull off writing about football seeing as I know so little about it. Should I explain some of the basics, such as I have stated that ’22 men run around a pitch with a ball’ does this need explaining for those who know even less than me? or that a match lasts 90 minutes? or is that going a bit too far? Instead I am going to focus on the positive contributions football makes to our society –
- Good-parent child relationships – Football can bring families together, support for a team may be handed down the generations and where families share an interest in football it can help build lasting bonds between parents and children.
- Bringing people together with a common interest – be it at the match or in the pub, people who may not otherwise have reason to get together or communicate can put aside their differences and cheer on their team together, debating the ‘offside rule‘, and the pro’s and con’s of the latest player sign-ups.
- Raising morale in a community – When a team does particularly well, such as winning a championship cup the whole community will come out in force to welcome home the ‘champions’, again differences are put aside for a shared positive experience.
- Influence the economy – We may all rant about footballers being paid too much, and fans complain about the cost of tickets but like it or not football does bring money into the country as well, their are fans of our premiership teams all over the world who come here to support our teams, and while they are here they spend money…
- Charitable contributions – Footballers are always hitting the headlines for all the negative things they do, but when they do good this is bypassed by the media. You can more read about footballers charitable contributions here.
- Education – I remember teachers using football to help explain maths concepts to us when I was younger, hopefully this is still done as it was a really good way to utilise a subject that kids enjoy and understand to help them get a grasp of something else less interesting, fair enough it probably worked better for the boys who knew more about football scoring to begin with, lol
- Health benefits – well, okay this may only apply to those that ‘play’ football rather than spectate, but still. Partaking in a sporting activity is good for you and for lots of young people if it wasn’t for football they may not otherwise join in much if any physical activity…
I bet you can think of some more positive contributions Football makes to society? Why not let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment 🙂
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- Tottenham footy called off after riots (3news.co.nz)
- What can we expect from the 2011/12 Premier League season? (footballfancast.com)
- 10 Reasons To Celebrate The Return of the Football Season (footballfancast.com)
- 2011-12 Premier League Table Predictions (epltalk.com)