I have been a new supporter of our local team for nearly a year now. There are lots of things I don’t understand about the game. Some things I do understand – like the offside rule, like if our team kicks the ball out, then the opposition get to throw it in.
Things I don’t understand:
- Why I sit next to my hubby and see a completely different game to him?
- What do strikers do?
- can midfield players strike and defend?
- How can defenders score goals?
- Why doesn’t the clock at the ground carry on after 45 and 90 minutes so we can tell how many extra minutes have actually been played?
- What do the subs talk about when they are warming up?
- Why isn’t time wasting penalised
- who decides who is going to take free kicks etc
- why doesn’t the clock stop and restart like in Basketball and American Football when the ball goes out of play?
- Why do players not play to the whistle all the time
- why do players not take free kicks and corners quickly?
- why are referee and linesman decisions not on a loud speaker so the fans can hear them (a bit like the rugby on tv) or have option of ref radio (like at the international rugby matches)
- Why do we always get shit refs?
- why doesn’t everyone sing and why haven’t we got any good songs?
Still, on a Saturday I go to the pub for a couple of pints (yes, I am a woman who drinks pints) I go to the football. I watch the players and the match and come away usually having enjoyed myself. I did this week. There was lots of pressure at both ends and we eventually scored an equaliser. We missed a few shots and fans were getting frustrated and negative again.
But why do I always come away feeling like I have watched a different match to everyone else?