There are millions of passionate football fans the world over who dedicate their time to playing and watching their favourite sport.
Similarly, airsoft is another popular pastime which also attracts a huge fan base but, instead, with its mixture of high intensity, authentic military combat.
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But surely these two sports are worlds apart? Well you might just be wrong about that.
Here are 4 reasons why airsoft and football just…aren’t that different.
In football, players need to be aware of their position both in the team and on the pitch, the latter of which can change greatly throughout the course of the game due to its dynamic nature.
Doing so helps teams use the ground in front of them to best effect, make progress down the pitch and, ultimately, score more goals.
In airsoft, the same is true.
Tactics form a large part of airsoft games (otherwise known as skirmishes) and have the potential to turn a good team into a great team.
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of both sides as well as learning the intricacies of the game site you will be playing on is imperative and teams who choose to enter without proper planning will find themselves at a severe disadvantage.
Another fundamental element which permeates through both sports is the competitive edge found within each and every game.
Intense games can be found around every corner and the dedication displayed from players helps to fuel the atmosphere.
Visit any football stadium mid goal score and you’ll be sure to hear ear shattering chants from fans as they celebrate their beloved team’s performance.
In airsoft, battle cries ring throughout game sites by squads yelling orders to each other in order to help their comrades spot incoming enemies and provide general support when needed.
In both football and airsoft, each member of the team has a mutual objective: to win.
As a result, team mates become extremely close with one another both in and out of the sport and this helps to both increase their proficiency and form new friendships outside of the game.
Players from both camps will have no problem discussing your weaknesses in the game (or any other issues) and this bond helps players to grow and adapt to each other’s idiosyncrasies.
Airsoft and football require players to be at a certain level of fitness to compete and, whilst you don’t need to be the next Mo Farah, it definitely helps to be in shape.
Positions such as midfielder and rifleman (in football and airsoft respectively) will find themselves running throughout much of the game and it is paramount for you to be able to keep up with the rest of your team, as well as the opposition.
This needn’t deter you; however, as both sports can themselves be a fantastic way to get in shape whilst having fun at the same time.
Not interested in joining the gym or signing up to a local running group? No problem!
Start out in either game and you’ll be sure to see your fitness levels rise quickly, and you probably won’t even realise it’ happening.
There are, of course, a number of key differences between both sports - when was the last time you saw Wayne Rooney with a fully automatic M416?
However, if you’re looking to take up a highly competitive, physically intense and thrilling sport, take your pick.