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Team sports, like football, seem to be more effective than individual exercise (like jogging and attending the gym) at securing longer-term exercise participation. While each of these types of physical activity can improve health and wellbeing, many participants report that football is more enjoyable. The social interaction and competition involved in football is likely to be a major factor for this.

Fun and friendship

Playing football with your friends can be a great way to increase fitness. Many players find that playing games is more enjoyable than exercising alone.

Barriers to participation

There can be some barriers to participation. While some of these might relate to the individual player, an injury, an underling medical condition or a busy lifestyle, some of these relate to the structure of football clubs. Many clubs have a focus on “high performance” and it can be difficult to secure facilities.