Vital Football

Latest England Football News

Why Ultras Are So Important For Football

Why Ultras Are So Important For Football

The word, 'ultra' only became part of my vocabulary a couple of years ago. I mean, before that I used to use the word, 'hooligans'. Can someone please tell me the difference?

Before I put some 'meat on the bones', I have gone and done some research regarding the phrase, 'football ultras'. I guess my reasoning behind the idea, if nothing else is to satisfy my curiosity.

Football ultras

'The behavioural tendency of ultras groups includes the use of flares, vocal support in large groups and the displaying of banners at football stadiums, all of which are designed to create an atmosphere which encourages their own team and intimidates opposing players and supporters.'

We Brits have chanted songs and phrases, some of it family friendly, some of it NOT, on the terraces since advent of football. But to use flares, which is illegal to use within football stadia in the UK is beyond me. They are dangerous and not 'fit for purpose' Flares, in my opinion should be used for emergency purposes only. Or, the word flare should be used to describe trousers which have added material at the foot of the leg (thinking the 1970's fashion).

Why Ultras Are So Important For Football

The author of the following YouTube video takes a look at what it means to be an ultra, and why they are so important for football.

If you have watched the above then I'm still confident in what I said earlier. The meaning of 'ultra' is just another word for 'hooligans'. And so the above headline, in my opinion is not fit for purpose.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday May 2 2017
Time: 10:10AM

Login to post a comment

Recent England Articles

Peter Withe Interview Preview - Underrated England Striker

Peter Withe, one of the most underrated England strikers of the 1980s played. Interview preview.

Watch: England's Best Young Talent In Action

Vital England invites you to watch a few highlights of some of the best young English talent in the country, at various age groups.

Goal Highlights: Malta 0-4 England

If you missed the game and you want a short summary how about, 'in my eyes the final score flattered England'.

Stats: Malta v England

All the stats from Malta (0) vs (4) England, Ta'Qali National Stadium , 01/09/17 Att: 16,994

Archived Vital England Articles

Vital England articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
The Gringe
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Should Be Englands First Choice Keeper?
Suggested By: Lenny
Joe Hart84%
Jack Butland16%
Fraser Forster0%
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent England Results (view all)

Breaking League News

Vital Members League Table

Vital Football Comment