8 reasons to watch football live and not on your gogglebox

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As easy as it is for us to sit at home of an evening and cheer on our favourite EPL team, every so often it pays to go and watch a real football match.

Here, The Football Sack‘s David Jordan gives a few reasons why you should make a point of seeing the full experience.

1. It’s an atmos’ thing.

Even in a growing league you can’t beat the experience of being in a stadium with like-minded supporters who share your passion.

2. Chants of meatballs

Odds are your parents/partner/dog won’t like you starting chants and lighting flares over dinner, so grab some fresh air, go to the stadium and sing-a-long with a bunch of others who will appreciate it.

3. Halftime Hotdog

Rather than eat a home-cooked meal of leftovers while watching on the box, what’s not to like about soggy/rock-hard/flavourless chips with a litre of sauce for ten dollars? Stadium food is all about the experience and it’s a well known fact that you haven’t lived until you spend your transport week’s wages on a pie.

4. Maaaaaaate

Live sport with a group of friends is one of the best experiences you can have. Get a group together, go to the pub beforehand and then share the experience of losing everything on that sure thing of Victory beating Adelaide.

5. You are the law

At the ground you have your own voice to use for nonconstructive criticism of the players and reciting your interpretation of the laws of the game to the referees.

6. Suck it, I was there and you weren’t

Sometimes we get those incredible moments in sport that live in the memory for a long time. Going to the game live means you might just catch one of them, and you can let everyone know about it for the rest of time.

7. Do you even pride?

We all love getting our kit on and sitting in front of the televised picture, but it’s a lot better with thousands around you in the same colours.

8. Everyone loves Community

The best part about attending matches is knowing that you’re directly supporting the club, the players and the league itself. So stop watching Community S06E09, get a bunch of mates together and head to the football.

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David Jordan
David Jordan
Former Media Manager of Canberra United and Central Coast Mariners. Get in touch at @DavidJordan33.

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