How to win your World Cup war

2014-06-23 14:59

It’s time to celebrate the beautiful game, but how do you keep a balance between watching the World Cup and staying in touch with your loved ones?

Strike a balance

If you plan on watching every minute of every game then you’re either single or going to be single soon. Even if your partner is footie mad, there’s just too much soccer on the go to watch it all – you have to find a way to balance things out.

Set your fixture list

Most people will watch the semis and final, perhaps even the quarters. Those are in the bag for you already. Your partner should also be happy for you to watch all the matches of the team you are supporting, as well as one or two other of your ‘favourite’ teams (“Honey, how can I not watch Brazil play!”). Now you need to negotiate just how much is enough for you and your partner out of all the remaining games.

A solid defence

Watching every match is excessive for a family man, and it can even become quite tiring as it’s a long tournament, so here’s how to balance your viewing. Watch the first five minutes of most matches as it’s always exciting to see how a match starts and it can give an indication if it’s worth watching a bit longer. Then also try to watch the last five minutes of each match, as well as the injury time. This way you’ll catch any late breaking drama and excitement.

Yet another assist

If you have kids, it’s important to keep on doing your side of the chores and to help them with their homework, have fun with them, chat about their day or just get ready for bed. That’s why simply can’t watch every match, but you can still do your bit around the house and catch some extra action if you…

Time it right

According to The Economist, the previous 19 World Cups showed very definite spikes in when goals were scored. If you’re not watching a match, be sure to still change channels for a couple of minutes around the following times, and you might just catch some goalmouth action: 18, 25, 59 and 75, as well as the last five minutes, when there are usually a flurry of goals as teams push for the win.

Family time

A lot of families will watch the World Cup together. It’s a great event and if you all enjoy watching then it’s a great opportunity for families to talk and laugh and cheer together. In fact, studies show that families have the most active discussions during major televised events. It’s a world event and a time for human celebration, inspiration and excitement, and it gets us talking. What better way to get closer together as a family, or as a couple.

Feeling lucky?

Sometimes the most unusual games can turn out to be a real classic, so take a gamble and choose one or two arb matches to watch in full. If it’s looking dull after half an hour, and your partner looks like she would enjoy some attention, then turn off the telly – or change to her channel and watch with her.

Hey, it takes teamwork to win the World Cup!

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