Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably taken notice of all the soccer jersey’s being worn around town by folks who have World Cup fever.
And as they pack your favorite bars and cozy themselves next to the TV’s, we at Vita want to make sure that you can differentiate between those who just enjoy watching sports and those who actually know what they’re doing—so this is the Vita Escort to watching the World Cup.
8. Understand the Enormity of It
Much like the Olympics, the World Cup comes around every four years—so, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.
While some may appear to go over-the-top in their support, this is the one time where yelling at the TV, swearing every other word and crying over a loss is completely OK.
Celebrating a win or sulking over a defeat in any other sport should last for a few hours. But a World Cup result shouldn’t escape someone so easily, instead sticking with them for a couple days because the country they’re rooting for is either overachieving or came up short on expectations—so remember to never judge anyone for their reaction following a game.
7. Expect the Unexpected
What makes the sport of soccer so great is the passion and creativity that pours out of each team and individual.
Other sports leagues around the world try and turn their players into robots by limiting what they can and can’t do. But the World Cup is about enthusiasm and love for the game, which lead to some moments that would otherwise be frowned upon by other sports.
6. Always Be Watching
Much like the NCAA tournament that causes us all to have March Madness, the World Cup is a time to always have a game streaming on your work computer.
So whether that means actually watching the game as a split-screen, setting-up shop in the break room where there’s a TV or just listening to what’s going on with headphones from your cubicle, there’s no excuse for missing any action.
We understand that there’s work to get done, but this is the beautiful game we’re talking about here, your boss will understand—since they’re probably doing it themselves, anyway.
5. Know The Players
OK, so everyone knows about Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, but don’t come to the bar and ask how England and David Beckham is doing, because, here’s a hint—he doesn’t play for them anymore.
We’re not saying you have to study all 32 countries’ rosters and familiarize yourself with each player, but at least knowing the superstars in the World Cup would be a wise move—and will help you enjoy the matches a lot more.
4. Get a Jersey
In most cases, we’d go against wearing a sport’s jersey of any kind—especially if you’re going with the tucked-in look—but when it comes to the World Cup, it might be the one time where you’ll actually feel like an outsider if you aren’t donning one.
While fans from the NFL, NBA , NHL and MLB mostly look silly wearing oversized jersey with all the bells and whistles on them, soccer jersey’s are more subtle and, in a weird way, prove that you’re a little bit more cultured.
So instead of wearing that polo shirt or button-down, get yourself a jersey to show your allegiance.
3. Know the Chants
This is the current cheer that Sam’s Army—better known as the U.S.A. supporters—have been chanting for the past couple months in anticipation of the World Cup.
And with the U.S. in the Group of Death—pinned against international powers like Portgual and Germany in their next two matches—one would be wise to inform yourself on what everyone at the bar is yelling—so, at the very least, you can join in and know what the heck it all means.
2. Drink—Heavy Beer
Here in Seattle, there are very few people who don’t know beer. But for those who are still watching their figure by sipping light beers, when there’s a soccer match on, it’s time to change your routine.
Get yourself some Vita coffee to get your stay started—obviously—and then sip on a Guinness, an imported ale out of a stein or simply choose your favorite IPA, because soccer fans know that good beer is essential to watching a good match.
1. Never Record It
We know that this can be difficult if you avoid some of the other tips we’ve given you—like streaming the game from your work computer because you’re too much of a brownnoser—but watching a World Cup game hours after it happened is both silly and nearly impossible.
On top of social media blowing up during every match—potentially spoiling the result for you—soccer isn’t like other sports where it’s back-and-forth and high-scoring, meaning you could watch an entire game after it happened, and realize the thing ended in a 0-0 tie.
As much as we love the sport, wasting two hours of your life to be let down isn’t worth it.