What Are the Biggest Issues Facing Football Today?
Football is the most popular sport in the world, with around half of the global population reported to follow the game to at least some extent! The joy of playing and/or watching football is hard to beat, but unfortunately there are several issues that threaten the future of the sport. In this guide, we have listed some of the biggest problems facing football today.
While VAR was certainly introduced into the modern game with good intentions (before VAR became standard, many questionable decisions made due to human error prompted widespread calls from fans and people in the industry for the adoption of VAR), it has become one of the most controversial aspects of the sport.
It seems that almost every day there is a fresh outrage at a VAR-led decision. For example, the number of penalties and offside rulings has sharply increased, and many are not satisfied. Is the technology really benefiting the game, or does it need to be refined more before it is of any use? This question is extremely divisive among fans.
Racism affects every sport, and unfortunately, many other aspects of life. This is, of course, nothing new to football—there is a long history of tensions between rival clubs becoming unpleasant and even violent among supporters, and race is unfortunately often a factor.
While the industry has made great strides against the problem of racism in the last few decades, unfortunately there is still a long way to go, and many fans are unwilling to change with the times.
Decades ago, there were only a few TV channels and radio stations to choose from, and if the big game wasn’t being broadcast on any of them you wouldn’t be able to tune in to see or hear it. When more channels appeared, including dedicated sports channels, more and more games began to be broadcast.
Unfortunately, the constant increase in new channels available has started to reduce fans’ access to football again in the last few years. With more and more channels purchasing exclusive rights to broadcast certain games and using pay-per-view or subscription models, it is once again more difficult to simply switch on your TV and watch the game you want to see! Thankfully, you may be able to see tournaments like the UEFA European Championship using online streaming, and even use the internet to check out things like a Euro 2020 betting guide that can increase your engagement with the game.
The problem of exclusive broadcasts is actually a result of a much larger problem in the game: the influence of money. While an increase in funding for the sport has had practical benefits, it has also opened the door for greed to limit the ability of the average fan to engage with the sport.
Many clubs are bought out by super-rich investors who often have no connection at all to them or even no interest in the sport at all! This results in raised ticket prices and fans having no say in the direction of a club. Ideas like the proposed European Super League are just the latest examples of a growing disconnect and hostility between fans and corporate owners.
These are just some of the issues being discussed by football fans the world over.
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