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Football On The Brain

Tue 6th Aug 2013 | Football Industry Events

New research out today reveals that more than half (52 per cent) of football fans think about football at least once every minute.

The research released today by The Football Association to mark the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day taking place this weekend on Saturday 10 August, shows that 63 per cent of football fans said that football was also their main topic of conversation.

Nine out of ten (94 per cent) admitted they plan their year around the football season with 89 per cent booking holidays around football so they don't miss a game. A further 91 per cent said they have cancelled plans such as attending a wedding or a birthday party because of football.

More than half (52 per cent) of football fans admitted that they think about football more than food, and a further 50 per cent said they thought about football more than work. Nearly one in five of those polled (19 per cent) admit to checking on football news and updates every minute.

59 per cent get direct alerts sent to their phone or email and 65 per cent will immediately talk to their friends about breaking football news. Two thirds (66 per cent) revealed that football is the first thing they talk about with their colleagues on a Monday morning, and 66 per cent said that football gossip is the ultimate 'small talk'.  

Over half (57 per cent) of football fans experience withdrawal symptoms in the summer months after the season ends, and 53 per cent admit the start of the football season is the event they most look forward to in the year.

52 per cent said that summer transfers are the only source of pleasure during the close season, with 41 per cent of football fans playing more in the summer months to make up for not watching. 50 per cent revealed that the start of the football season is the point in the year when they feel the happiest and 53 per cent the most optimistic.

Nearly a third (60 per cent) revealed that football offers them a strong social network, with 58 per cent admitting the friends made through football were their closest, and 61 per cent their most enduring. 68 per cent said that football is a common ground for people who are otherwise very different, and 65 per cent that football instils a sense of community in people.

The research was released ahead of The FA's Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on the 10th August. As part of The FA's 150th anniversary celebrations The FA are encouraging the nation to get out and play football this Saturday 10th August - with 150 organised events around the country.

Events will be taking place from a grassroots club in Moorside, Manchester, a brand new sports facility in Lewisham, London, and the home of Sir Bobby Robson, in Ushaw Moor at The Bobby Robson Centre. For a full list of events and to see how you can take part visit www.thefa.com/nationalfootballday  

A spokesperson from The Football Association comments: "Our research shows just how much football infiltrates our daily lives and how, at this time of the year, the nation really does get football fever.

“The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day is the perfect opportunity for everyone, whatever age or skill, to get involved in the game - whether at one of our 150 organised events or simply kicking a ball around in their local park".

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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