The top signs of being a true football fan – including support for men’s and women’s teams | football | Sports

And a third said you’re only a full football fan if you can easily explain the offside rule.

Knowing where all the stadiums are in different cities, collecting merch for a favorite team, and predicting the upcoming substitutions in a game are also signs of a true fan.

However, almost half (47 percent) say that supporting both the men’s and women’s teams can only be considered a full supporter.

The study was commissioned by England teams’ partner Snickers, whose spokeswoman Chloe Smith said: “From disappearances or late arrivals, to the birth of a child or a flight abroad as a result of watching football, we know England are a passionate nation is soccer fans.

“However, we know that you can’t call yourself a ‘full fan’ if you don’t support both the women’s and men’s football teams.”

The love for women’s football is obviously great, because 46 percent are interested in it – among men more than among women.

And 43 percent think the growing interest in women’s football is good for the sport as a whole.

When comparing genders, 54 percent believe that female soccer players do not receive the same recognition as their male colleagues.

As a result, half (49 percent) of those with children would encourage their daughter to follow or play the game the same way they would encourage their son.

Three in 10 said their daughter plays, compared to a quarter who have a son who takes part in the sport – and a further 39 percent have a little girl who already supports a particular team.

It also found that three in five (59 percent) of respondents had been in love with the game since childhood, with 58 percent encouraging their little ones to support their favorite team.

The study conducted via OnePoll revealed that Fran Kirby, Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton are the most prominent names in the game.

And Alex Scott, Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby are the top three players respondents would most like to see play.

Chloe Smith added: “As a proud partner of the Lionesses, this summer we are doing our part to help them thrive.

“Through our #SupportHer campaign, we’re inspiring the nation to become a full England fan – because you’re not you if you only half support England.”


  1. To be able to name the starting XI of England’s World Cup-winning team
  2. Play yourself – also Sunday league
  3. Attend at least five games in a season
  4. Owned several football shirts
  5. Being able to easily explain the offside rule
  6. Own a complete kit
  7. Support your local site
  8. Knowing where all the stadiums are located in different cities
  9. Knowing what substitutions a manager will make just before making them
  10. Watch games other than the ones your team is participating in
  11. Knowing the peculiarities of players of different teams 30 years ago
  12. Knowing the names of ends/stands in different stadiums
  13. Plan your weekends around the soccer schedule
  14. Cancellation of all plans to see an important game
  15. For away games and not just for home games
  16. Follow the results across the board on your phone when you’re not watching at home
  17. Enjoy watching a game on Sky or BT Sport that doesn’t even involve your team
  18. Collecting souvenirs/merch for your club
  19. Be a season ticket holder every year
  20. Hang pictures/prints/framed shirts in your home
  21. Just as interested in the women’s game as in the men’s version
  22. Take a day off to see the game
  23. Know all football chants/songs for each club
  24. Refuse to wear a color that your team’s rival is playing in
  25. Be heartbroken all weekend when your team loses
  26. Knowing the number of trophies each team has won
  27. Quarrels with friends/partners about favorite teams
  28. Having a house full of your team’s merchandise – mugs, scarves, etc.
  29. Waking up in the middle of the night abroad to watch a game
  30. Complaint about VAR

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