Football is, no doubt, the most popular sport in the world. With fans reaching over 6 billion, it’s more than just the ’round leather ball game’ as some people like to call it. Football has significantly touched lots of lives, and the world at large. It’s a means of escape for some, a source of joy, income, and education for others. It’s the only game that entails so much competitive rivalry on its wings yet has the capability of uniting people from all walks of life. Let’s not beat about the bush; here are the top five ways football has changed the world.
Football is a multibillion-dollar industry. Beyond the excitement and the breath-taking skills we see on the field, the industry is a massive revenue-generating entity. From the players on the field to the team managers, admin staff, agents, and governing bodies, football impacts various economies by providing jobs. Reports show that football and other sports are responsible for over 450,000 jobs with salaries reaching $39,000 on an average.
Furthermore, job creation isn’t limited to certain countries as football knows no boundaries when it comes to job creation. It can cross oceans to access the right talent. Football also rewards fans for their passion in the area of sports betting. With the various wagers available, punters can place their bets and get rewarded for supporting their favorite teams at the bookies or online.
It doesn’t matter what the age, race, religion, or gender; one of the greatest meeting platforms for different people worldwide is football. While two nations or regions may disagree on national issues such as immigration, trade policies, once football is on the table, the issues are pushed aside for the moment.
We aren’t going to tell you there’s no racism in sports. Still, you’ll probably admit that football has been connecting different races over the years. As a result, different races and cultures have become more tolerant of each other. The likes of Samuel Eto, George Weah, Pogba, and other phenomenal African players sparred with their Caucasian counterparts. This situation has promoted mutual respect among the players, fans, and nations as a whole.
If there’s one thing the world has been clamoring for other than eradicating racism, hunger, and terrorism, it’s female inclusivity in male-dominated niches. Over the years, football has played a massive role in that regard. From hosting the women’s World Cup to creating women’s football leagues, there’s an active female presence in football. While their transfer windows may not command large figures like their male counterparts, they also offer jaw-dropping contracts that would have never been possible years ago.
All that money circulating in the football industry isn’t just for players, managers, or governing bodies. Football massively contributes to cancer research, and other charity organizations to give the less-privileged a fighting chance.