I am not a foot fairy

Anthony Polimeni '14

I have been playing soccer since I was four-years-old, and I have never got tired of it after eleven years. I am now fifteen-years-old, and I have excelled in this amazing and competitive sport. My life dream is to become a professional soccer player some day.

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and it is played all over the world. It is the best sport to ever be invented. When I’m playing soccer, I can just forget about everything that is going on in my life and have fun with my teammates. Scoring a goal is the best feeling in the world; it feels like I have accomplished something great. For example, once as I went to take the penalty kick, sweat dripped down my face like rain drops falling down a window, and the ball went in the net and the crowd went crazy. If you want to succeed in soccer, you have to be physical, and you have to get along with your teammates.

You can’t be a one man show in soccer and try to dribble past every defender. You can dribble past one or two defenders, but then you should pass the ball or shoot. Assisting a goal is also one of the best feelings. You feel like you should get credit for the goal your team scored. Winning is the best part about soccer. When you win, all of your teammates congratulate each other, and it is the best. There are always times when you can make mistakes in soccer, but if you keep practicing, you will learn from your mistakes, and it will make you a better player. Corner kicks are my specialty. I always serve a corner kick in the right spot, and it sets up scoring opportunities.

Whenever I’m on the soccer field, I try to be the best I can be. I never give up and I always fight for the ball. When my teammates and I put on a show for the crowd, it puts a smile on my face, and it makes the game more fun. Also when I’m on the field, I try to prove whoever doubts me, wrong. When I score a game-winning goal, I feel like I’m Batman or Superman. I feel like a hero, but when I stop a breakaway, I feel like an even bigger hero, especially in a crucial situation. Scoring a free kick from distance is always a good thing because it means the shot you took was a great one. There are many ways to celebrate a goal such as doing the airplane, the flop, the toilet, and the shoe wax. Picking up a teammate when he gets hurt is always bad because I feel like I’ve lost a member of the team, but I always hope they feel better right away so they can get back on the field.

Soccer is the best sport in the world, and I don’t care what anyone says about it. You can call me a foot fairy or anything to make fun of me about playing soccer, but it will never make me dislike or quit soccer. Soccer is basically my whole life, and I will never lose passion to play it. By the end of this decade, soccer will spread all over the world, and it will become more popular in the United States. I also think many will fall in love with it and learn that it is not only a girl sport; it is a sport for everyone as well.