Mihir Bose: Lies, damn lies and alienating statistics

mihirOne important reason why football of all ball games is the most popular game in the world is because it is simple. Its rules are easy to understand and have none of the complexity that, for example, rugby has. Football's celebrated off side rule may be a diverting after dinner conversation with which to bait those who do not care about the game but it is nowhere near as mind blowing as trying to work out why a penalty is given in rugby.

This explains why the round ball not the oval ball, despite the fact that both games have common origins and for many years in its infancy the football both allowed hacking and carrying with the ball, became the world game.