Girls can’t play soccer because of their Moms, not Dads!

Saturday we filmed interviews during a tournament before we all went to the video workshop, where we had a practical class on make up for TV and film. During the first part of the workshop we went to a championship that the girls were participating in. While they played, we had the opportunity to interview other female soccer players. This included a 23-year old mother of two, 18-year old Laura who played in last year's Homeless World Cup in Milan, and two other young players ages 14 and 12. When we interviewed them, we found another obstacle that they all shared: their mothers. We found that the girl's mothers placed a larger challenge in their desire to play soccer than their fathers did. While their dads laughed and said they acted like boys, mother's looked for excuses so that they couldn't play, such as they will get hurt because it's a violent sport. Mothers would rather see their daughter doing housework, than playing on the field. What was interesting is the fact is that the young mother, who plays soccer, also said that she does not want her daughters to play soccer when they get older. She would rather see them playing field hockey, which is considered a more upper class sport, and which she believes would give them a better opportunity to leave the villa (shantytown). They also told us about another challenge. They all claimed that they needed more time on the field to play and to train. They all admitted that they lacked the athletic training that they need to improve as players.  One girl told us that her secondary school had a women's soccer team until one girl got injured. Since then, they have prohibited girls to play soccer. Even though men also get injured when they play, they are allowed to have a team.
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  1. Posted January 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Soccer is a game played primarily with the feet. The head & other parts of the body can be used but the hands & arms (up to & including the shoulder) cannot be used except on a “Throw-In” and by the Goalie in certain circumstances. If you’ve ever played basketball, many of the concepts you learned such as “give & go”, “inbound plays”, “getting open”, “support”, “man-to-man”, “zone defense” & others are very applicable to soccer. You will also find similarities in many other team sports including hockey, rugby & American football, & concepts such as “follow through”, “staying on your toes” & a “quick first step” are used in most field sports. Soccer is very much a team sport & coaching begins to make a great difference by age 9. After that age a well coached team will almost always beat a poorly coached team, even if the poorly coached team has better athletes. By “well coached” we mean players and teams that have been taught in practice the skills, teamwork and other things they need to know so they can have fun and be successful playing soccer. One advantage of the SoccerHelp method is that your practices will be much more efficient and effective, and your players will improve faster. You should be able to achieve 50% more in practice, and the result will be that 4 practices will be equal to 6, and your team will improve 50% faster.

  2. Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Mike Stone has been with the KC Legends for the past 6 years, coaching younger and older boys and girls teams. From 2004-2009, Mike helped coach MNU to 4 championships, including 2 Heart of America Athletic Conference titles. Mike has also coached extensively within the KS ODP and Region II ODP programs. At the Region level, Mike has worked on the Region II staff for 7 years. At the state level, Mike was the Boys ODP Director from 2005-2008. Before directing, he was Head Coach for the KS 1986 Girls and KS 1988 Boys. The 88’ Boys team included Legends Alums and current professional players Michael Thomas and Garrett Webb. Prior to coaching at MNU and Legends, Stone served as an Age Group Director and Tournament Director for the Olathe SC (now KS Rush). Many of Mike’s youth players have gone on to be high school stars and college players. Before coming to Kansas City, Mike was the Head Men’s Soccer Coach for the Danville (IL) Area College Jaguars. He guided the start-up program for 3 years, while teaching business classes and directing the youth soccer organization. Stone has also served as the General Manager for prestigious Region III clubs in Greensboro and Atlanta. He coached the U19 Girls Greensboro (NC) Twisters and U17 Boys North Atlanta Soccer Association (GA) to tournament championships. The Twisters won two US Soccer State Championships. Mike started coaching in 1989, where he helped coach the Capital University men’s team to a conference championship. Mike played at and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He then obtained his MBA from Ohio State University. Stone has obtained seven National Coaching Certificates including the USSF ‘B’, ‘National Youth,’ and the NSCAA ‘Advanced National’. He is also a state level and college referee. Mike is married and has two daughters.

  3. Posted April 27, 2013 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    3. Rules. Soccer rules are published annually by FIFA (pronounced “FEE’ fuh”), the world soccer governing body, but youth organizations usually adjust the rules to fit children. Typical adjustments are field sizes, game lengths, number of players per team, the number and frequency of substitutions, “offside” is sometimes not called, and slide tackling is sometimes not allowed. Field sizes, ball sizes, length of games & rules vary by age group. Both boys & girls play; the rules do not require separate teams. Most rules are described in the Dictionary of Soccer Terms, Concepts & Rules TM (See ” Soccer Rules “). Discuss the rule variations with an official of your league.

  4. Posted June 17, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Born on March 21, 1980, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ronaldinho came from a family of soccer players to reach the pinnacle of success in the sport. After a celebrated youth career, Ronaldinho became a key member of the Brazilian team that won the 2002 World Cup. He has played for clubs in Brazil, France, Spain and Italy, and twice been named FIFA World Player of the Year.

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