The great advantage of football is that it can be played casually by kids in the street or on rough ground.
The disadvantages are:
- The goal is too small. This leads to supporter frustration with 0-0 or 1-1 draws, and the frustration leads to hooliganism (q.v.). They need to set a second frame 1 metre outside the normal goal posts, and a ball going into that frame will lead to 0.1 of a goal. More shots on goal, more excitement, more results, less frustration.
- Hooliganism (see 1)
- Big money involved. Overpaid players, shenanigans, (see "Lord" Triesman)
Having said that, I will probably watch England play, although I may instead go and stand in the middle of the A38 just to get the feel of what it will be like when Peak Oil hits.