Supporting your club, whether it be locally or abroad, can have its fair share of ups and downs.
There are many fans who all share the same interest, but they all have different ways of barracking for their team.
As times have changed, so has the ability for someone to follow their team. Never has their been more choice, less time and higher expectations, but that’s part of the ruthlessness of the sport.
It’s a matter of how clubs deal with challenges and leads to the flow on affect for whether fans want to stick fat.
It isn’t always easy, with clubs sometimes facing the prospect of a poor run of form, relegation, promotion and short-term revenue challenges.
But no matter what circumstances are thrown a club’s way, we’ve seen that there’s always people out there backing their team.
In the modern world, technology has meant that we’ve seen an increased reliance on social media.
There are the fans who will travel far and wide across the state or even country to watch their team live, while some would prefer to engage on social media while watching a stream of particular games.
As we’ve seen with NPL streams for each state, fans for their local team have the choice. Whether you’re at the game or on social media, it’s the ability for people to come together and share their views – most importantly if it’s respectful and doesn’t cross the line.
What it does show is the freedom that everyone has today, and how the game has transformed over time. Never has been more scrutiny, but at the same time if something big develops, we’re always looking to share the news.
The fact is that we live in a world where instant results are everything. Who remembers where people on the final day would have to ring their friends or family to check on other results?
It’s all a world that’s driven for change. If a player or coach is in trouble, we rally behind them. If a club is seemingly going to fold, we post and share petitions and help raise raise funds.
Every fan is different, but all have a role to play in how we shape the future of soccer. It’s what being a modern fan is all about.