While football, also known as soccer, is one of the biggest sports in the world, there are a lot of days, weeks, and months that can go by when the season is over where your team doesn’t play a single game. Here are three alternative ways to enjoy the beautiful game even if a game isn’t scheduled.
Try and predict the outcomes. One of the great things about football is that a lot of the time, it can be highly unpredictable. Just because a team has dominated the league for most of the season, it doesn’t mean that they’re guaranteed to win a game over 90 minutes against a side sitting much lower in the table. In fact, it’s a game like this where the more successful team relaxes a bit too much, and the underdog manages to find the extra push they need to secure victory. In tournaments like the FA Cup, where teams from the top league are often drawn against teams who are four or five leagues lower than them, there can be some even bigger shocks. This can often be extremely embarrassing as, for some of the lower league players, football isn’t even their full-time job.
The unpredictability of the sport is one of the reasons why it’s one of the most popular sports to bet on. A team could swap from being the losers to the winners within minutes by scoring a couple of goals. If you want to try your hand at predicting the result, by placing a bet, you’ll not only have the pride of getting it right but a nice little cash prize at the end of the match as well. You can even watch live football on Unibet once you’ve placed a bet with them, so you can see whether the game plays out in the way you predicted.
Swap roles from fan to coach. When most people imagine themselves playing football, they normally imagine themselves on the pitch. In fact, one of the hardest and most important roles in football is being the manager of the side. These are the guys who have to pick the players, make sure they’re trained ready for the game, and then inspire them as they step out onto the pitch. Unfortunately, they’re also one of the people who take most of the blame if a team plays poorly. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to take charge of a team, then why not try playing the popular PC game Football Manager, which is now available to play on your phone as well. If you want a game that reflects players’ real-life performances rather than a simulated game, why not try picking your own fantasy football squad. You’ll score points whenever any player you’ve chosen plays well in their respective games in real life.
Have a kickabout yourself. You might think you’d need a back garden the size of a stadium and a lot of extra players to play a game of football, but in fact, you can practice many of the skills at home on your own. Buy a net with a target practice sheet with holes cut out of it, which is the next best thing to taking on a goalkeeper. If you have even less room in your garden, why not try playing “keepy uppy” by simply trying to keep a ball from hitting the floor as long as possible.
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