There are no matches on TV worth watching, your Sunday league team is down to 8 people while everyone takes a holiday – rendering training as pointless, and there is nothing to good to read beyond ridiculous transfer rumours. But fear not because ITS are about to give you ten ways to keep football in your life…
10. Play football games
We’ll start off quite simple by suggesting that you invite some mates round for a fifa marathon. Complemented by a few brewskys this should keep your mind off the lack of football. If this get boring why not try dusting off the old consoles and re igniting some classics, such as: FIFA 97/98/99, Football Italia 90, Kick-off, World Cup 98 (Take off fouls for added entertainment), This is Football (Just for the dive button) and David Beckham Soccer (Okay, I’d avoid the last one)
9. Watch the classics
If you have either Sky Sports or ESPN classics then you’re in luck. Both are likely to have at least one show a day that re-lives a classic Premiership season Alternativly, go on you tube and search for classic moments – like we have done.
8. Look into continental football for next year
If only James Richardson’s Football Italia was still going –
It is always worth looking out for games from on the continent during the regular season. Sky always seems to keep an eye on La Liga whereas ESPN usually have two or three games a weekend from Italy and/or Germany. So get to know your stuff for next year by reading up on these exciting leagues.
7. Go on eBay and start buying weird football stuff
Find a signed photo of Zola, buy a funky 1996 Liverpool shirt, or even invest in a Manchester United tea cosy – Whatever you fancy, eBay has all kinds of crap waiting to be bought by an adoring football fan. So go on! You know you need a Glen Hoddle pint glass.
6. Get out the Subbuteo
Yes, that right, clear the dining room table because for one day only its 1980 again (Essentially, when games consoles didn’t exist) Although I doubt anyone ever knew the rules to Subbuteo - but if I was to take an educated guess I would say it involves flicking bits of plastic around until someone gets frustrated or over excited and sweeps the pitch off the table.
5. Play the football Wikipedia game (Needs a strong knowledge of football)
Basically challenge your mates, in less than six moves, to get from one random player to another (Either lowest amount of moves or fastest wins) For example: Jermaine Defoe to Karl-Heinz Riedle would go like this – Defoe – Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Fulham (Look down page to managers, then temporary managers – Karl-Heinz Riedle. Who’d have thought.
4. Play football indoors
With the Sunday league team dwindling why not take the football indoors. For best results; find 10 people and don’t eat just before you play…trust me.
3. Read up on the stuff
There are some wonderful publications based on the tactics for football, which as of late seems to be the thing to discuss in the modern game. Zonal Marking has a great selection of books they recommend – I myself have read Inventing the Pyramid and loved it – not just for its content, but for the engaging way it is delivered.
2. Start a football blog
We did it and we are all idiots. It’s good fun, it looks great on your CV and if it’s successful you can make yourself some spare cash. Alternately, If you don’t have time for this then just go on a blog and help to generate a discussion from their articles…hint, hint.