It's 4 long years until the next World Cup! This guide will fill that intervening void with plenty of kicks, flips, and goals to satisfy any soccer hooligan.
- Step 1: Start your own soccer blog to write about and discuss the latest trades, match-ups, and to champion your favorite team with other fans.
- Step 2: Dust off that passport and check out some of the best soccer stadiums and teams in Europe from Madrid to London to Frankfurt. Don't know much about the home team? Ask a cute local to fill you in and enjoy the game!
- FACT: A staple of the 2010 World Cup, the vuvuzela can reach 130 decibels up close and cause hearing damage in less than 15 minutes. A chainsaw only clocks in at about 100 decibels.
- Step 3: Pick up one of a dozen popular soccer video games for any of the major consoles if you're not so quick on your feet. Invite friends and family to join in on a weekly game night.
- TIP: Soccer is a good sport to play alone, too, as all you need is a ball and net.
- Step 4: Check out a local bar devoted to European sports or a known hangout of soccer lovers -- chances are a soccer match will be shown from somewhere around the world most nights.
- Step 5: Form your own neighborhood team with people that share your soccer fever, or are interested in playing and having fun after school or work.
- Step 6: Keep an open mind as you search for alternative soccer outlets. You may not get to watch your favorite team, but learn to enjoy each match as you try out new things.