To become a professional football requires a set of certain skills. The clubs from the small towns have their great footballer too, but the truth is that less than one percent gets the opportunity to play for the big leagues. Young talents who want to achieve success have to be aware of many aspects. Long hours training, strong motivation and developing a successful mindset are only some of the key steps. And when the right time comes, they must be ready for intensive lifetime changes. But then the biggest issue is the cost of money especially the financial stretched teams who cannot afford the transfer fee.
Because football is a business – money is involved in all aspects of the game. The stronger influence is from the sponsorship and the players’ transfer fee. Naming stadiums on airlines, for example, is a main part of the sponsorship. Arsenal was paid £100 million for 15 years ahead by The Emirates only to name the stadium with Emirates Airline Oil Company. Every single player becomes an advertisement. A running fast advertisement! Then money invested from the small towns’ teams become completely pointless in these competitive terms. This makes the tournaments’ results also predictable. And the snowball effect happens because of this monumental impact. In this way the small teams leave in the shadows.
The richest League is the Premier League and it has a global audience of more than 12 million TV viewers. It is a huge financial power which gives the monopoly of those on the top and erases the competition.
Is it really all about money?
The concentration of attention and wealth on a number of particular leagues is the tendency in the last four decades. 20 of the largest football clubs are sponsored by Middle East Airlines. Qatar, the richest nation in the world is the next host for the 2020 World Cup, even though the country has no history in football. A similar argument explains why the “big” buy the “small”. The gulf is huge and the collapse of many small clubs is more than predictable.
Chances for the teams from small towns
If the teams from the small towns put their focus on domestic dominance, their chances to bring fame “at home’’ are pretty good. And as the domestic cups aren’t among the priorities of the big leagues, this feature opens a lot of opportunities for the small clubs.
The only way for the small clubs to have any chances is- not to sell their best players. Keeping their talents can create a base for sustaining financial stability and attracting investors. Otherwise, the big leagues will develop their empire and will have the all-time dominance.
The debate about the financial issue can never finish but the structure, coaching, and local support are also among the major factors.
It’s time for the sensible people who care for the future of the game to act! Let’s change it!