About two weeks ago I asked what football feeling and what football moments you’d like to replicated in a game. I sorted out the answers from both Facebook and Twitter and this is some of what I got so far.
1) Crowd atmosphere – The feeling that the crowd is involved in the game you are playing. That they react with applauds when something good is going on, like a string of passes, or boo when someone puts in a horrible tackle. Also that when you do a fine build up that the crowd noise level increases with the shooting chance.
I remember when I was at the World Cup 2006 at the Olympia Stadion. It was my first World Cup game, Brazil vs Croatia. Me and my friend we heard the noise at a distance, the samba drums, the crowd chanting players names and the speaker announcing the players. We were a little bit late after having a pair of beers. We came to our gate, and then we took a step out and saw the whole arena. Green, yellow, blue, red and white. An ocean of different colors for each teams supporters. My jaw dropped, as a first World Cup experience it was amazing. It seemed like the world was a happy place at that moment. The wave went through the stadium. The beer tasted better than ever. That feeling. Anyhow. That was a big stadium. Small stadiums are also important, for small teams.
2) Stadiums – Big or small, they both got their charm. It’s great to be part of that 40.000 crowd when your favorite big club or country plays. But then you also have that local team stuck in the lower divisions (or smaller leagues) with, lets say, 5000-15000 in attendance. The stadium is much smaller, the noise level lower, you can hear everything a bit clearer. The pitch is more torn up because the groundsman works part time. Those kind of things.
3) The one touch game – So you manage to put 5 passes together, a good mix of both normal straight passes and passes with the after touch, the crowd goes weeeehhh, weeehhhh, weeehhh. And then the long through ball to unnamed player, who shots. GOOAAAAL. One touch passing (in Jon’s games) has always been that mix of using the after touch and not using it to trick slide tackling defenders.
Like I’ve said earlier. The passing is what I felt instantly as I played Sociable Soccer for the first time. It’s gonna have that classic feeling. Don’t worry.
So that was some of the things that people want the most. Of course I’ll discuss these with the team and I think at least number 1 is possible to some extent. Stadiums are a lot more tricky cause they need lots of time and individual care to make special. I’ll get back to you soon after I meet the team in Helsinki on Thursday-Friday.
As always. Stay Sociable.