Football is a game that transcends borders and boundaries. It is a common reference point that stretches beyond political and social divides, giving a common language to people of all nationalities, creeds, colours, gender, wealth and philosophical outlooks. The way in which football breaks down these barriers is not through the sport itself, but through the ordinary people who follow it. The football fans.
Football fans are the lifeblood of the game. The fans provide the atmosphere, the market, the financing, the publicity and even the participants. It is only right that football fans' role in the sport should be celebrated.
Conceived over a year ago, the International Football Fan Day campaign celebrates football fans’ timeless devotion to the sport, which overcomes social, cultural and political barriers. A worldwide vote to determine the date of International Football Fan Day will be held on Hinch.as, where clubs, players and fans meet online to suggest and discuss their greatest football milestones within the 100% football environment the social network provides.
There are more than 200 suggested dates so far, including classic games, breath-taking plays, unforgettable goals and saves, an idol’s birthday or a social need the sport has fulfilled. Clubs, players and fans are invited to nominate the most memorable moments from the sport they love and vote to choose the date to celebrate their passion. What date would you pick?
Among the many players to have voted so far are Andrés Iniesta, Dani Alves and Falcao. This day isn't just about the stars though. Your vote is as important as their's and counts equally.
The vote to choose International Football Fans Day will run until 7 November 2014.