Coming Back to Soccer

I love soccer! I play for FC Westlake as a goalkeeper.

Last year, I had to have two foot surgeries, one on each foot. This put me in casts and boots, but I got this cool scooter too. This put me out of soccer for almost 2 years!!!

So far I have gone to a good amount of goalie  practice since they started back up after winter break, and I really like playing! There is some new coaches that I had not met yet, but I am getting to know them and am getting used to their practice routines. Last week, we worked on shot stopping. You might think, oh, that’s what goalies do anyway right? Well I’m going to tell you, that’s not all it.

First of all, you have to get dirty. Even if you are playing on turf, you come back as stinky as a sock that has lived its life on the bottom of your shoes. You get lucky if practice is on a muddy grass field because you won’t get scratched and scraped as much as on the turf. You also get a ton of bruises from hitting the ground so many times.

Aside from that, goalkeeping is really fun because you are like the final line of defense for your team. People on your team really appreciate when you save a great shot, and if you don’t, then oh well. The game goes on. People have to score somehow.

Why Diving On The Ground Again, And Again, And Again, And Again, And Again, And Again, And Again, And Again, Is Quite Painful

Save_Football Match_Spencer Park_Coventry_May09 Ian via Compfight

First of all, diving to save a ball is not blocking the ball (at least to me). It is more like forcefully throwing yourself onto the ground, with the side effect of possibly changing the balls direction of movement.

Now, you might think this might not be so bad. “I once fell and it didn’t really hurt Ethan! You can’t be complaining about something like this!” Well let me tell you. If you ever wind up in Goalie practice and you hear coach say: “All right everybody! This weeks focus is on diving!”…

Your hip bones will never be prepared for the traumatizing experience that lies just ahead.

Dive after dive, whistle after whistle, “ouch!” after “OUCH!!”, again and again and again. The turf burns like a match you forgot to blow out, and then landed on you toe. It burns like brake pads coming into the hairpin at Canada (for all my F1 peeps out there). It BURNS like the suns core, slowly biting away at you skin. It’s not quite the movement that hurts, it’s the repetition that slowly forms the impeding bruise on your side.

With this evidence, along with experience, I thing this might, just might, hurt.

 

 

Soccer Rocks!!

Soccer is a really cool sport. It is also widely spread and the most popular sport in the world. There are many sources to help back me up on this. The sport has much diversity in the people, teams, countries, culture, the list just goes on and on.

As a soccer player, I too agree that there is the same amount of intensity in playing soccer as there is other sports, but without the dangers of head injuries like in football or rugby. Soccer can be played anywhere with anyone because its so easy to learn or just to pickup. And as stated in the link above, poverty is no boundary. All you need is a ball.

I love playing soccer because it’s not a contact sport. I personally play goalkeeper because it is a fun position in my opinion. You are kind of the last wall, the final stopping point if the other team tries to score. It can have epic saves and great reward, and bare misses with disappointment. That is all a part of all games though. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. If you do play soccer, or you imagine you do, what position would/do you play?