There comes a time when a sport no longer becomes a hobby but a passion. If you feel you’ve mastered the basics or perhaps even conquered your sport on an intermediate level, it could be time to give yourself a new challenge surrounding your sport. Here are some of the major ways that you can progress to a professional level.
Every sports from football to mountain biking to even pilates has a competitive side. If you haven’t yet tried competing in some kind of event, it could be time to give it a go. A competition is the perfect tangible goal to make you want to get better. Keep competing until you start winning and then up the stakes when you feel ready by taking on bigger competitions.
When it comes to sports, there’s nothing quite like a pure and clean game of soccer. There’s teamwork, individual skill and plenty of tricks involves that can set you apart from other players. It’s currently played by over 250 million people in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The rules are simple, the game can easily be set up, and it’s a lot of fun with your friends.
With such a loyal following, it makes you wonder why indoor soccer was ever invented. Out of all the indoor sports you could play, it doesn’t quite make sense why you would confine yourself to a gym or court instead of simply playing outside. However, here are 4 reasons why you should give indoor soccer a try no matter what skill level you are or how often to play soccer with your friends.
It might be summer now, but that’s no excuse not to try some indoor sports. Depending on where you live, indoor sports could actually be more beneficial to you than just outdoor sports. For instance, if it rains regularly where you are then it could create nasty conditions to play in, and the fields might be full of people sunbathing and relaxing, so the last thing you want to do is hit someone with a ball or accidentally injure a bystander. Indoor sports offer a safer and controlled environment, and there’s almost no chance that someone will kick a ball or throw something so far that it gets lost.
But indoor sports alone isn’t as fun as with friends, so here are a couple of ideas that you can get involved in together with a group of friends.
Are you tired of being lazy, sitting on your sofa watching sports? Well, maybe it’s time you stopped being a passive spectator and became an active participant. Making that transition is not even as hard as you might imagine it to be. Anyone can do it once they put their mind to it and take the right steps. But what are those steps? Read on to find out.
Don’t Take the Know it All Attitude
This is one mistake that people often make when they are picking up a sport for the first time. Just because you have watched lots of other people play sport on TV, that doesn’t mean you really understand anything about playing the sport yourself. Those are two entirely separate things, and you need to remember that. If you adopt a know it all kind of attitude, you will just end up looking stupid and alienating those around you.
We could all use a little more money. And there’s no-one in the world who doesn’t think about using their passion to make money. The truth is that most people aren’t willing to try. So, whether it’s a way of making a few bucks here and there or finding a real career, let’s look at how to make it a reality. Here’s how your love of the game (whatever game that may be) can put some dough in the bank.
Share that passion
Are you informed? Are you opinionated? Are you the person that always seems to have the facts and figures to support what you say that leaves your friends without a comeback? Then you might just be the kind of person who could make it talking about sports online. Whether you’re running a blog or speaking through Youtube or podcasts, there’s always room for up-and-coming mouthpieces who know how to win and audience and drop some knowledge. It’s a competitive field, but it’s also one with plenty of opportunities for monetization. For instance, you can use affiliates programs or sponsors related to the subjects you’re covering, like betting sites or sports memorabilia businesses. You could also go into writing books or even branching into journalism from covering sports for your own brand.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve had at least one small brush with soccer. Soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, is the most popular sport on earth. Despite this, it’s something that Americans have never really embraced en-masse. While you might love basketball or our own brand of football like you could love no other sport, I think soccer is greatly misunderstood by a lot of Americans. Here are a few reasons to give it another chance…
It’s Gaining Traction
The NFL certainly isn’t in any danger of being knocked off of its pedestal in America. However, there’s no denying that soccer is steadily gaining its fandom and momentum. MLS, the US’s official professional soccer league, has a small but very passionate following, the US men’s national team boasts its own ardent fanbase, and CONCACAF Gold Cup tickets from Ticket Liquidator and other sellers are more popular than they’ve ever been. The ratings for 2014’s World Cup were also much higher in America than they’ve been in previous years. I’m not suggesting you should blindly jump on every bandwagon that comes along. However, if you think that soccer is still a tiny niche among Americans, you’re greatly mistaken!
If you’re a soccer fans and haven’t been paying attention to the MLS, you are missing out.
The league started in 1996 with mixed results, but it has gained steam in North America with each consecutive World Cup. The league now sits at 20 teams with teams in Atlanta, Minnesota and Los Angeles joining over the next three seasons.
Speaking of new teams in the MLS, Orlando City SC are currently playing their inaugural season in the league. They are only 13 games into their first year, but they seem to have ignited a rivalry with the Columbus Crew, one of the handful of original MLS teams left.
It appears that the United States government is going after many expected to have received bribes during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process. The U.S. asked Swiss police to arrest a number of FIFA executives while they were in Zurich to vote on the next FIFA president.
Switzerland has an extradition pact with the United States when it involves non-tax-related crimes.
The current FIFA president Sepp Blatter wasn’t one of the executives arrested in Zurich…and he isn’t expected to visit the United States any time soon.
Which FIFA executives have been named as those allegedly arrested or detained? We give you a list of those we’ve heard so far.