U-6 Soccer: Tale of a Triumph

So today was Fisher’s first soccer game as a player, Jim’s first as a coach, and my first as an assistant coach.

If you’re not familiar with the wonder that is U-6 (under 6) soccer, it goes something like this:

15×20-yard field. Three kids from each team on the field at a time. No goalie.

No goalie. Yep.

So we showed up, thinking we’d encounter a group of like-minded children with a similar mix of bursts of uncontrolled semi-athletic activity and obstinate daisy-picking.

Nope. It was the luck of our team (the JAGUARS) to go up against a crew of mini-Peles (the COUGARS) whose mothers all apparently read soccer strategy guides to them in the womb. They were disciplined. Eager. Focused. Well-versed in the finer points of kicking the ball down the field in the correct direction. They’d all been on official soccer teams since age 4 (or 3, some of them) and this was their second season playing together as an Unstoppable Soccer Juggernaut.

Their team was accomplishing complicated forward- and backward-pass maneuvers. Our team was struggling to remember which appendages they couldn’t use to touch the ball. (Hands.)

Officially, U-6 soccer isn’t supposed to keep score.

But unofficially, we got our asses whooped. Final score was 7-zip. (And this was accomplished in 4 5-minute quarters.)

Back to the practice field…

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5 Responses to U-6 Soccer: Tale of a Triumph

  1. Chiara says:

    I hope the kids had fun and I know all about soccer moms part of the reason I really don’t want my child playing

  2. traci says:

    For Fisher’s sake I’ll try not to laugh too hard! 🙂
    (I was ALWAYS center field in softball. You know how many 8 year old girls can get the ball out of center? None that I ran across. I spent the season making daisy chains and perfecting my cartwheels. “Keeping yourself occupied in center field”…an important life lesson.)

  3. t says:

    glad i found this. i know i am going to enjoy reading it. laughing really hard at the soccer description-i have so been there. haha! makes you feel so inferior as a soccer mom doesnt it? when your son wants to play tackle football instead?
    and-just have to say-you are stunning. dont think i have ever seen a photo of you.
    and-love the tagline on your blog splash thing.

  4. The huge smile on my face says it all!
    Thanks for the laugh today 🙂

  5. Gwyn says:

    Welcome to soccer, LOL. I am proud to say that in 9-10 years of being a soccer mom to two boys, we have never had a team good enough to be called “mini-Peles.” Though last we came close, except for the mini-part!
    Have fun!

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