Football is one of the oldest, most beloved sports in the world, with millions of fans, investments, and clubs. But while it’s maintained its passion and importance, some other aspects of the game have undergone significant change.
Fans can play a part online
Connectivity is such now that fans have multiple options online for entertainment. They can place bets on games, either pre-game in or in-play, and play casino online also.
Because of those circumstances, the game has to be higher quality to attract spectators, so football leagues have to be more competitive.
Connectivity is another one of those irreversible changes in football, one positive is that fans, clubs, and players are certainly more adept at using these channels to their benefit now.
1. Billionaire Owners
One of the biggest ways football is changing is with the appearance of billionaire owners who are taking over the usual more traditional club partners’ way of business.
The level of investment and capital that these owners bring to clubs has the capacity to turn things around completely, their effect is felt immediately and with strength on the field:
● Signing better players
● Getting more qualified coaches
● Improving trainers, medical staff, etc
● Building new training grounds and stadiums
In current times an ownership change can truly take a team from 0 to 100 million very quickly.
2. High Tech Training
Players and fans have both been blessed by the integration of more technology into training and football conditioning.
Thanks to this major change in football, stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are going to enjoy longer, high-performance careers, delighting audiences as well. It’s incredible to think about the improvement made in facilities, equipment, health care and recovery that are aiding the game now.
This might be the most controversial change the game of football has gone through ever. The addition of, VAR or Video Assistant Referee, has caused both elation and heartache in lovers of football.
Some say that having the option of re-watching plays and taking back referee decisions has stolen purity from the game, while others are happy enough to see mistakes fixed. Fans know there’s nothing quite like losing or winning on an error.
As VAR continues to be integrated into almost all professional games and leagues, there is probably no going back on this change.
Football, like the rest of life, has become hyper-connected; with live tracking of all transfers, social media pages for all parties involved from players to clubs, there is little left to the imagination.
It can be a double-edged sword since it can cause delicate information to be leaked beforehand, but it has also given fans a lot of power.
5. Slowing Transfer Markets
The different pace of the markets is one major development in the usually busy world of football, but unlike the rest of the changes here, it’s probably going to revert back to normal at some point. For now, clubs are more cautious but still shopping at very big prices.