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What Soccer Teaches Us

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Written by Taylor Nearon 



"Sports. It’s what brings us a society together. Sports are America’s favorite pass
time activity. There are so many “sports” to choose from, but there is one sport in
specifics that is viewed as a top sport choice; Soccer. Soccer can be played for fun, as a competition, as a career, and played by those of all different ages and skill levels.
Soccer is a sport that has potential to teach us so much if we let it to. It can teach us
more about ourselves, how to be a team player, using our head, and how to fight.

One thing they don’t tell you in the beginning of learning this sport is how it will
help you learn more about yourself. To become the best player, you need to
practice practice practice. To have the right mindset to keep practicing you have to have great self discipline along with a good work ethic. You will miss parties or hanging with friends some days because you have practice but in order to get better you have to put in the effort. Soccer also makes you challenge yourself to become a better player/person which will help in the long run trust yourself, be able to overcome
adversity, and great self discipline. Soccer also can teach you how to use your head and be a team player. At a young age they stress being a team player and how helpful that will be later down the road. Being team player quickly starts to form lifelong friendships within the team. You can ask for help from another player and not be afraid, and can pick each other up when things are not going as planned. Overall, a team becomes more than a team. They become a family. The relationships formed go far beyond the playing field. Having that tight bond can help in any situation truly. It can help when you lose or win a game, or when life outside the game tries to knock you down.

Soccer also can teach you how to use your head and be a team player. At a young age they stress being a team player and how helpful that will be later down the road. Being team player quickly starts to form lifelong friendships within the team. You can ask for help from another player and not be afraid, and can pick each other up when things are not going as planned. Overall, a team becomes more than a team. They become a family. The relationships formed go far beyond the playing field. Having that tight bond can help in any situation truly. It can help when you lose or win a game, or when life outside the game tries to knock you down.

For me, I got to witness a team becoming a family first hand. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a rare disease known as Mast Cell Activation Disorder. MCAD is when my cells in my body think they are allergic to basically everything; even playing soccer. These constant reactions have caused severe allergic reactions, requiring the use of over 100+ epi pens in the last year and a half and resulting in me going into cardiac arrest in January 2015. Due to the decline of my health and constantly having allergic reactions during/after soccer games, I had hang up my cleats. To this day I still struggle with the fact I can no longer play my favorite sport but through all this my team has rallied behind me. Though I cannot play anymore, I am still invited to team events, my teammates always text to see how I am, and when any fundraisers are going on they are always there if they can. I have played for so many teams but the love and support
on and off the field I have received from my teammates is something I will cherish forever. I am glad to call this team my family.



Soccer can be looked upon as a sport where you can hang with friends, receive trophies and medals, become a professional player, and make a career out of it but
there is more to this sport than all that. Learning how to be a quick thinker, team player, and using your head in a game directly impacts life off the field. I cannot imagine playing any other sport or even having the best team (my soccer family) behind me as I am in a constant game off the field against this rare disease. My rare disease might think it can take me out, but from years of learning how to fight to win with a team supporting you gives me the motivation daily to keep fighting and beat Mast Cell Activation Disorder."

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Alanna Locast

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  • Anye' posted on April 25 2016 at 07:04 PM

    I love soccer girl probs as a soccer girl i think that it is important to eat at least 4 or 5 times a day at least i will run it off at practice.I watch all your vids and buy every color prewrap so it can match everything

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