Writing Prompt: Football


Women embracing in stadium crowd wearing England kit and face paint in celebration

This writing prompt is a celebration of football and the themes it invokes.

The “Friend” team were blown away recently with the response to a question we asked about the beautiful game on our Facebook page. Turns out, we have rather more than a few fans among our number!

With Euro 2024 kicking off – literally – over weekend, we’ve been thinking about how we might tie a creative project into the excitement.

Writing Prompt: Football – Getting Started

The Stadium

Invoking the atmosphere of match day is a rich seam to mine. Think about all five senses:

Sound

The clatter of the turnstiles, the roar of the crowd… It’s rarely a quiet affair! What are the other sounds you might hear?

Sight

From the action on the pitch to dramas in the dug out to camaraderie and conflict in the stands, there’s a lot to take in.

Smell

When large crowds gather, there’ll always be something that tweaks your nostrils… What is that? Sweat? Aftershave? Freshly-mown grass?

Taste

Perhaps it’s a pie and a pint kind of day. Or perhaps nothing else will keep nerves at bay than some soft, minty gum. Or is it something more metaphorical – victory, perhaps?

Touch

What is your character doing with their hands? Are they holding something? Maybe they’re rubbing the soft knots of their team’s scarf between their fingers as they nervously survey the pitch. Or maybe they don’t realise they’re digging their fingernails into their palms before it’s too late!

Watching A Match At Home

What is the domestic scene playing out while the big game is on the telly? Think about how what’s happening in the match might relate to what’s happening in the home.

What are those relationships? What are the set pieces? Is there a curveball?

Playing Football

Of course, for the purposes of this writing prompt, football needn’t conjure up something as grand as an international contest.

A sunny day, a couple of jumpers for goalposts… Where could a friendly kick-about it take you?

Submitting your stories

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Leisa Millar

I'm a digital editor with experience of writing and editing for some of the UK's best-known women's lifestyle titles - and I'm delighted to count "The People's Friend" and "My Weekly" among them! A busy mum of three young children, I also host a parenting podcast called The SEN Mums' Career Club.

Writing Prompt: Football

Women embracing in stadium crowd wearing England kit and face paint in celebration

This writing prompt is a celebration of football and the themes it invokes.

The “Friend” team were blown away recently with the response to a question we asked about the beautiful game on our Facebook page. Turns out, we have rather more than a few fans among our number!

With Euro 2024 kicking off – literally – over weekend, we’ve been thinking about how we might tie a creative project into the excitement.

Writing Prompt: Football – Getting Started

The Stadium

Invoking the atmosphere of match day is a rich seam to mine. Think about all five senses:

Sound

The clatter of the turnstiles, the roar of the crowd… It’s rarely a quiet affair! What are the other sounds you might hear?

Sight

From the action on the pitch to dramas in the dug out to camaraderie and conflict in the stands, there’s a lot to take in.

Smell

When large crowds gather, there’ll always be something that tweaks your nostrils… What is that? Sweat? Aftershave? Freshly-mown grass?

Taste

Perhaps it’s a pie and a pint kind of day. Or perhaps nothing else will keep nerves at bay than some soft, minty gum. Or is it something more metaphorical – victory, perhaps?

Touch

What is your character doing with their hands? Are they holding something? Maybe they’re rubbing the soft knots of their team’s scarf between their fingers as they nervously survey the pitch. Or maybe they don’t realise they’re digging their fingernails into their palms before it’s too late!

Watching A Match At Home

What is the domestic scene playing out while the big game is on the telly? Think about how what’s happening in the match might relate to what’s happening in the home.

What are those relationships? What are the set pieces? Is there a curveball?

Playing Football

Of course, for the purposes of this writing prompt, football needn’t conjure up something as grand as an international contest.

A sunny day, a couple of jumpers for goalposts… Where could a friendly kick-about it take you?

Submitting your stories

At “The People’s Friend”, we welcome your story submissions.

Please read these story submission pointers before sending us a story.

More writing prompts

If you enjoyed these ideas, why not take a look at more of our writing prompts and story starters?

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