Football is a simple game. I think it is the most entertaining sport. What makes it so good? The Premier League is big business, the World Cup is enormous business, which over 1 billion of the world population will typically watch. People say Football brings even warring countries or countries with huge political tension, to play against each other, peacefully. What is is that does this?
It’s fun and easy for people of all shapes and sizes to play. You can play even you are not that fit. It’s a team sport, so you share the load with others.
It doesn’t fight gravity! You don’t have to pick the ball up off the ground to play.
The rules are easy to learn and understand, the only difficult rule is offside, which is not that hard to explain. Rugby, by comparison has got so complicated that you can hear the referee explaining to players what rules are applying during the match!
It flows, it does not stop much. I took a rugby fan who had never seen live football, to a football match, and he was amazed at how continuous the play was.
It’s athletic, skillful, and the movements of the ball are impressive. Skills of the great players are stylish and they look normal, just fit. The players don’t have to develop bulky physiques or ultra thin, just a range on normal.
It requires so little equipment (“jumpers for goalposts”, lol!), that anyone can play it, even when they don’t have a proper ball.
Any climate, surface, or environment can be used.
Those that run the sport, whatever egos are surely involved, make few mistakes in rule changes and the only questionable big challenge is whether TV should be used to help important referee decisions (they could do this).
It’s the people’s sport, loved across the world. The coming World Cup this year will once again display this.