Many people think soccer is a game of intensity where winning is everything but that is not always true. To me soccer is having fun. Some people have what it takes and others do not. Soccer is intense, but winning is not everything. Enjoying the game and playing the way that makes you feel good is truly soccer. Confidence is a key element in the game and I love soccer because, it involves a lot of running and skill, I have been playing soccer since the beginning of middle school, and it is a team sport.
Soccer is the most played sport worldwide, many people love it.
You can improve your skills with your feet, and get a lot of exercise. When I go to play or practice my soccer skills, I forget about all of the bad things that happened at school, and my personal life. It also takes my mind off of stress and drama. Soccer has taught me the value of respect and working as a team to achieve a certain goal.
From soccer I learned about my strength and weaknesses but more importantly I learned the things I can do to improve those weaknesses.
Soccer is always changing and, there is always room from improvement and not one player is good at everything. There is always new tricks and tactics to learn about soccer. I am from Albania and my family and I first came into the United States on June 22, 2002 while the World Cup was playing at the time.
I was twelve years old and started to become interested in playing soccer.
I would always watch soccer with my friends and family at any time I was free but never thought about playing until I came into the U. S. Looking at my friends and family around me cheering for their favorite country was really exciting for me and bought me closer to the game.
Every time my friends would clap or cheer for the country they wanted to win, it was with passion and I wanted that also. As time and multiple games went by, it was Haxhaj 2 Brazil and Germany in the final, and Brazil ended up winning the 2002 World Cup and never in my life have I ever seen people cheer and be so excited and passionate about a game. I could see the passion for the love of the game in their eyes. That is when I decided that I wanted to like them, not the fans cheering, but an actual soccer player. I wanted fans to cheer my name and it was a dream for me, I decided to play soccer because it was really fun, but also because of my family.
When my family is at my games, they are really supportive of me. That is what makes me really happy. I also think that my brother inspired me a little because he also plays soccer. When my brother and I were younger, and it was a nice day outside, we would go out and kick the ball around. Sometimes my dad would join too. Even today my dad kicks the ball around with me and that is really fun!
I played soccer all four years of high school and my mom, whom does not play soccer, would come to almost all of my home games and cheers me on. I can tell she likes to see me play. By doing that, my mom also became an inspiration to continue playing soccer.
The summer of my 8th grade year I was becoming increasingly stressed. I was worried about making my high school soccer team. In my mind I kept thinking I was not fast enough and my passes were not good enough, and I was not good overall. The very thing I love the most was now making me feel imprisoned with doubt. One summer night, I looked out into the backyard that held so many memories of me kicking a soccer with my dad.
I realized that I need to be confident in myself and that I had forgotten about my love of the game; which helped me be better at the game. That night I went out into my backyard and practiced soccer all night long with the lights on. This time I did not think about me possibly failing. My only thought was “God I love this sport”. Once I stopped thinking about the chance of failure, the relaxing feeling came back. My prison had once again become my paradise. Haxhaj 3 It is interesting and amazing, especially the feeling when I score a goal or my teammates do it.
That feeling fulfills me like I have just archived something very important. Playing soccer also helps me to relax and be confident when I have stress and frustration. For instant, after doing assignment or studying all day long, I feel tired and exhausted. However, having fun with the ball such as kicking it against the wall or trying to do some tricks, all of my tiresome and exhaustion die out. Moreover, soccer is not only about passing and kicking the ball but also required a lot of thought, and some basic skills. So I often practice it and obviously, I feel healthy and stronger.
Besides that, soccer has also taught me the spirit of teamwork and created a strong sportsmanship in me. However, I not only like playing soccer but also enjoy watching soccer game on television. Soccer is very popular on over the world nowadays; especially, on the world cup season, I am so excited to watch the games which have many famous teams play such as; Brazil, Germany, England, Spain, Holland, etc… My favorite team is Italia. I am so happy whenever Italia wins but I will get angry and do not sleep well that night if they lose. Soccer takes a lot of team effort. So much you would not even imagine.
If one person does not try on the team or does not give it one hundred and ten percent, the whole team loses. There is no I in team and that was the first thing I learned during the start my soccer career. Team effort is what I love, because you have to work with your team and communicate with everyone to take the ball up the field and score. My coach used to always before the match starts, “Score early so we have a cushion for some time. ” And that is very true. He also says team effort is what scores the goals not the individual.
And I remember the first game in my high school career, we lost seven to zero. My coach said we lost because we could not connect three passes without getting the ball taken away quickly. During the game I felt very disappointed in myself and I felt that I did not do what my coach said. After being three to zero down I also started to become Haxhaj 4 angry at myself for not being able to live to my coach’s expectations. I got subbed out around the fiftieth minute and was forced to watch the rest of game on the bench. That game I became greedy and over confident in myself. I wanted to score the most goals and they did not care what anyone said.
I admit it, and looking back at I see how much I have progressed and learned from that experience. Overall team effort is what wins the game. Soccer as taught me a lot of respect. Throughout my soccer seasons in high school I learned that when you respect your teammates and opponents that are around you, they will give the same respect back. When players respect the game of soccer, the game pays them back with great experiences. It is always important to respect opponents, no matter how strong or weak they are. A better team can teach you. A worse team can learn from you. Officials are there to enforce the rules.
I have learned that the officials are human beings; they make mistakes. I would always frequently complain about bad calls and it just distracted me from the game. And I also learned to respect the officials and concentrate on the game itself, because everybody makes mistakes. To me the most important is to respect my teammates. Otherwise, teammates will not respect me. Since soccer is a team sport, all players must support each other. When players respect each other, the team plays better. And it becomes a positive and effective soccer environment. All of this helped me grow as an athlete and person.