I (Sal) played 2 years in high school (junior to senior year), which I thought this was probably the most "less stress-ful" team sport I played. I recorded only one goal (Lol) during my 2 years, which I played left mid and left defense. I still love playing for fun!
We've been having some great weather the past several days, which I wanted to take advantage of it after work this afternoon-evening. I called a buddy (Eric B.) of mine if he wanted to go out and play soccer (e.g. taking turns kicking the ball to an open net, dribbling, keeping the ball in the air, etc...). Both of love spending time on the computer, which I told him that we need to get out. Eric and I spent a good 1/2 hour playing soccer. We used this time to catch-up on what we've been doing lately. This is another great way to catch-up (quality time with friends) instead of calling on the cell phone, chatting online, etc... Here you get some good exercise, absorb some Vitamin D, etc... Eric had to leave, but I ended-up staying longer to enjoy the weather and get some exercise!
Q: What are some great ways to exercise while socializing with a friend?
Men’s soccer wins second straight title
Written by Joy Heysse
Friday, 14 November 2008 "As the snow fell on Saturday, November 8, in Duluth, MN, the Cougar men’s soccer team would not, as the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) defeated the College of Saint Scholastica, 1-0, en route to becoming back-to-back Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) postseason champions. It was a sort of retribution win for the team as the Saints defeated the Cougars twice this season, winning 1-0 on October 4 and 2-1 on October 26, another snowy afternoon.
The match-up was set up following victories by the two teams in their semifinal games. The Saints defeated Northwestern College in a 2-0 shutout, thanks to goals from Courtney Bonnick and Brandon Stemwedel. The Cougars defeated Presentation College by a final of 2-1 on goals by Dana Veth (junior., Ham Lake, MN) and Toby Glaser (freshman., Colorado Spring, CO). Glaser’s goal in overtime broke the 1-1 tie and sent the Cougars into the rematch against the Saints."
Augsburg vs. Univ. of Minnesota Morris
UMM soccer players get trip of a lifetime
Posted by Brian Curtis on Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2008
(Story by: Zach Koenig) "Morris, MN�In a little over a month from now, when the thrill of finishing another academic semester is over and the drudgery of summer employment is firmly ensconced, a group of University of Minnesota-Morris soccer players will get to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
On August 5, 2008, a group will depart Minnesota for Brazil, land of a record five World Cup championship and undoubtedly the premiere soccer hotbed in the world...."
*see GoodnewsEverybody: Latino-Brazil
MSOCC 2009 -- DeVries on the Winning the UMAC
"Head men's soccer coach Christian DeVries talks about the first four years of men's soccer at UMM and his group of graduating seniors.
With an 8-1 win over Presentation, the Cougars won their first UMAC title, just three years after the program was created.
-1st Annual Soccer Tournament
RFC Practice Field
626 East 2nd St
Games are from 7-9 this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Come watch some great soccer and support your peers and community.
We will have 6 teams from the Morris area battling it out tournament style with a champion to be crowned on Sunday!
We are still looking for additional UMM student players so please let us know if you are interested in playing.
Day #1 (Friday, August 12th 2011)
Day #2 (Saturday, August 13th 2011)
Sunday will be an all day event starting at 2:00 in which we will have activities for kids and families, a soccer clinic, as well as the 3rd place and Championship games in the evening.
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM --- RFC Open Swim/Gym
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Activities for Families
• Ballons and Face Painting
• Sand Castle Building
• Kites, Frisbees, and More!
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM --- Soccer Clinic
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM --- Piñata
7:00 PM -7:40 PM --- Third Place Game
"District 45 wins 3-0 against Riverview to become champions of the Soccer Tournament in Morris! West River beats UMM Students in penalties 5-3 to take 3rd place. Thanks to all who came out to play, watch, and support!
The event is hosted by a local group of community members called "Lazos" (which means "ties" in Spanish. You may remember us from the Cinco de Mayo celebration). We are partnering with the RFC in planning a soccer tournament the 12,13, and 14th of August (next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Lazos works with the local immigrant/Spanish speaking community to create ties within the Morris community through events such as this one, English classes, activities, etc.
Adult Indoor Soccer-Morris Community Ed (contact: Yuri Machkasov) "Want to get out of the cold and get some exercise? Love soccer but haven't had the avenue to play it? Want to meet people from around the community? Well you are in luck as we are putting together an indoor soccer league for 18+ adults! Join us we play the most popular game in the world which hasn't quite made an impact in Morris yet. We already have many interested so number are not an issue! It will be 6 on 6 indoor soccer and we plan to have a few games going at once.
*all skill levels are welcome
Who-18+ adults from the community
Where-Morris Area High School Practice Gym
14 sessions-January 26-April 27, Course No. 2921
Any Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00pm at the
Morris Area High School Practice Gym
(201 South Columbia Avenue)
Adult Indoor Soccer-Morris Community Ed (contact: Yuri Machkasov)
"Want to get out of the cold and get some exercise? Love soccer but haven't had the avenue to play it? Want to meet people from around the community? Well you are in luck as we are putting together an indoor soccer league for 18+ adults! Join us we play the most popular game in the world which hasn't quite made an impact in Morris yet. We already have many interested so number are not an issue! It will be 6 on 6 indoor soccer and we plan to have a few games going at once.
*all skill levels are welcome
Who-18+ adults from the community
Where-Morris Area High School Practice Gym
14 sessions-January 26-April 27, Course No. 2921
-University of Minnesota Campus Fields
Looking North (UMM Campus-Science Building) from the southside (Morris Elementary School)
Sports - Pick-Up
Time and PlaceDate:
Sunday, July 20, 2008
2:00pm - 4:00pm
UMM Soccer Fields
626 E 2nd St.
"players and watchers" are all welcome to this pick-up game at UMM's Soccer Field (east of the water tower). Come to socialize, network, and just have fun!
In case of rain, we'll just play around inside the RFC gym!
"..BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. - The changing population make-up of the sixth largest city in Minnesota is prompting Brooklyn Park to play catch-up. The city is converting some baseball and softball fields to soccer "pitches."
On Monday, a line of city, county and athletic association officials joined with local soccer youths to turn the first shovels of dirt for a $435,000 project that will create four new soccer venues behind Zanewood Community School and Edinbrook School.
Ironically, the funding for the project which eliminates a few ball fields, comes indirectly from the Twins new stadium in Minneapolis. Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat said the .15% general sales tax is adding $4 million dollars to county accounts for libraries and youth sports. ..
If you haven't heard of Gigi, it's a new animated series by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Almost every little girl's heart is to be a princess. But this cartoon series doesn't rely on the fantasy or pretending. It shows them that they really are God's little princessâ��in all the beautiful and wonderful ways He wants us to be. This clip is the first of two snippets from the full length DVD, Bursting with Readiness, coming out in August 2008. In this episode, Gigi tries out for the soccer team but finds that soccer may not be her thing. But her best friend is great at soccer makes the team. Whether a child makes the team or not, this video provides an example of how to handle the situation with love and care. To find out more, go to www.thomasnelson.com and use the search for Gigi."
"I was REALLY inspired to make this movie, both out of a passion for soccer, and a love for our soldiers. To see this glimpse of hope, in a world broadcasting nothing but death, destruction, and loss is my mission. To show the real side of America and its allies when all we see is the bad. For those of you who have a passion for soccer as strong as an Iraqi, only you could understand how much it means to have a soccer ball to call your own. Like a Christian who\'s lived their whole life without ever having their own Bible because they could never afford one. I can only imagine the happiness they must feel.All of the pictures used in this video, were pictures I got off of google.com Both music soundtracks used in the video are from the major motion picture, Black Hawk Down"
Cat fighting gets ugly during BYU vs. New Mexico women's soccer match
"Throwing elbows, punching in the back, tripping, hair pulling, kicking into someone's face and sucker punches? Sounds like a typical scrum between young siblings. Well, in the 2009 MWN semifinal match between BYU and New Mexico, there was no lipstick, no perfume and no fingernail polish. There was, however, good old fashioned chick fighting.
Check out the BYU's Kassidy Shumway (21) getting her bell rung (or neck snapped) by New Mexico's Elizabeth Lambert (15). I loved a good chick fight as much as the next guy, but c'mon. That's the equivalent of a guy hitting below the belt. That's bush league, sweetie. Yep, bush league. "
"First and foremost soccer is a very physical sport that is played aggressively. The type of behavior that is on display in the Lambert video is as old as the game itself. For those of you who doubt this take a look at the France-Italy World Cup Final from a few years ago.
The second incident is a little slicker. Number 21 from Brigham Young is standing in front of Elizabeth and looking pretty innocent. She is smiling and pushing up against Elizabeth. The next thing you know is BAM, she gets thrown to the ground by her hair. Elizabeth basically snatches her right off of her feet and body slams her. Poor thing.
Well poor thing as it turns out is not entirely a victim. Watch the tape carefully. Old number 21 is backing up against Elizabeth and while she is doing this she is grabbing Elizabeth’s crotch. This is when poor thing gets slammed to the ground. In most states if you were on the street or in a bar and you grabbed a woman by the crotch like this, you’d be charged with criminal sexual assault.
Instead in this world of political correctness the lynch mobs are out to ruin Elizabeth Lambert’s athletic career. Give me a break. Everything she did was a direct result of being elbowed, grabbed, and molested. What was she do? Call time and complain? Quit? Cry? Where were the refs when Elizabeth was getting banged about the pitch?
Here’s what I think. The next soccer player that decides to cheap shot Elizabeth will give it serious consideration before doing so. Number two, if I were drafting for a professional team Elizabeth Lambert might be my first pick in that draft. You go girl."
"Soccer Mom passed out in living room while little boy calls to remind her to pick him up. Answering machine records the emotion in the child's voice. You can use this video on television to promote your church christian 12 step program, your Christian counseling business or your residence recovery program email email@example.com for information."
"POLOKWANE, South Africa – The infamous Jabulani World Cup ball has had goalkeepers in the tournament worrying, panicking and complaining for the past week. Now it has reduced one of them to tears...
Its unpredictability may have benefited the United States on Saturday night, when Clint Dempsey’s tame effort worked its way past England’s Robert Green. In truth, both Green and Algeria’s Chaouchi should have made comfortable saves on the goals they conceded. Yet on both occasions, there was significant movement in the air once the ball had been kicked...
USA Advances In Dramatic Fashion, 1-0
Publish Date: Today, 12:25 PM ET Duration: 02:15 espn.go.com Clinton hops on U.S. soccer bandwagon
By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports "..The USA has gone deeper in World Cups before. They’ve featured bigger stars before. They’ve garnered huge media attention before. They’ve never done it this big, though, thanks in part to a flair for these dramatic, near buzzer-beating, Cup-saving goals. What’s not to love about a team that holds a lead for just two total minutes over three games and wins its World Cup group anyway?
“We’ve had [previous success] before but not with this much interest,” said Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer. “The country was tuned in like never before. It would’ve been a missed opportunity.”...
Increase your soccer speed- Exercise #2 Pillar Skip
"Scott Piri of Athletes Performance narrates the second exercise of the "Increase your straight ahead speed" article of our Strength and Conditioning section. "
Wednesday Night Soccer
"This is video of us playing soccer on wednesday night at Junior High Youth group. Youth Group was at Crossroads Neighborhood Church, Solidrock Youth Ministries."
"On February 6, 1958, a chartered plane carrying most of the members of the English football (soccer) club Manchester United crashed on takeoff from Munich, Germany. With so many of their star players lost, some despaired over prospects for the clubs survival. Yet today it is one of the best-known teams in the world. Fittingly, the man who rebuilt the team, Matt Busby, survived the crash himself.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus arrest and subsequent crucifixion caused many of His followers to despair. The disciples themselves had lost hope. But their despondency evaporated on that first Easter morning when they found that the stone sealing the tomb had been moved aside (John 20:1). Jesus had risen!
Jesus soon appeared to Mary Magdalene (vv.11-16) and then to His disciples, who had gathered behind locked doors (v.19). His visit brought a remarkable change in them. As one version renders it, they were overjoyed (v.20 NIV).
Perhaps your world has crashed around you. It may be a deeply personal loss, a tragedy in your family, or some other great trial. Jesus resurrection proved that He is greater than the greatest obstacles. He can rebuild your life—as He did with His disciples—starting today. — C. P. Hia
He rose! And with Him hope arose, and life and light.
Men said, Not Christ, but death, died yesternight.
And joy and truth and all things virtuous
Rose when He rose. —Anon.
God can turn any difficulty into an opportunity "
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Life: Determination, Endurance, Perseverance, Persevere, Press-On,
1958 manchester united munich disaster memorial
"..Tim Tucker, Program Coordinator of the local organizing committee of The Ultimate Goal (TUG), says, “This is our time and our moment. Never again in our lifetime will we have this unique opportunity. We need to seize the moment. We have the message and the vehicle to deliver that message. If we don’t rise to the challenge it will be gone tomorrow.” ..
A substantial supply of resource materials is available. This includes 140,000 copies of the “Twenty10 Pocket Guide” which includes player profiles and testimonies, a full schedule of games and venues, numerous World Cup facts and figures and a presentation of the way of salvation. Athletes in Action have produced a special DVD called, “The Prize” which features high profile Christian players such as Kaka, Lucio, Marcus Senna, Nicola Legrotalle and Tim Howard.
The South African government has extended the normal school holiday period by two weeks to cover the World Cup period. Churches have taken advantage of this by planning holiday clubs with special resource material prepared for the World Cup.
A major program called, “Ubabalo” has been developed to train 2,000 coaches to present football (soccer) and life skills as well as spiritual motivation. There is a comprehensive curriculum that will facilitate coaches and players to develop sound values.
South African President attends special prayer meeting for the World Cup
President Jacob Zuma
Meanwhile thousands of women burst into deafening cheers as controversial South African President Jacob Zuma arrived at a prayer meeting at the Zamdela stadium in Sasolburg, South Africa last week.
Zuma has faced significant legal challenges prior to his election as South African President in 2009. He was charged with rape in 2005, but was acquitted. In addition, he fought a long legal battle over allegations of racketeering and corruption, resulting from his financial advisor Schabir Shaik's conviction for corruption and fraud. On April 6, 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority decided to drop the charges citing political interference. He assumed office on May 9, 2009.
Zuma was at the prayer meeting for the FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place in South Africa, June 11 through to July 11. He was ushered into the stadium by a large group of dignitaries and bodyguards wearing scarves in the colors of the South African flag.
The crowd of mostly women in traditional church wear gathered en masse in the stadium. They created a festive atmosphere with singers on the stage and people dancing and waving South African and African National Congress flags. They blew on their vuvuzelas under a marquee tent set up on the soccer pitch, as the main grandstand filled up. (Vuvuzelas emit a monotonous noise like a deep foghorn or an elephant. They became popular in South Africa in the 1990s and are a feature of major soccer matches in South Africa.) Vuvuzelas have been controversial and some high profile soccer personalities and broadcasters have called for them to be banned ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Critics point out that the instrument is blown haphazardly, which can be distracting to players and coaches who are trying to pay attention to the game.
Stampede puts dampener on build up
Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, holding the FIFA World Cup
The build up to the World Cup received its first major setback on Sunday when a stampede took place during which at least 15 people were injured. Thousands of fans tried to push their way into a local stadium to watch a pre-World Cup match between Nigeria and North Korea only five days before the tournament gets under way.
The stampede was triggered mostly by Nigeria supporters, holding what police said were photocopies of tickets, trying to push their way into the 10,000-seater Makhulong stadium after the game had started, according to witnesses.
The incident marred a day when more fans and teams flew in to South Africa which hosts the month-long football jamboree, the world's most watched sporting event, from Friday."
Ball of Many Colors
"Children"s Evangelistic Ministries, Inc. (CEMI) uses the Ball of Many Colors as a means to reach lost children for the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
"India (MNN) ― A victory for a children's soccer team has done more than win them a championship.
The soccer team from a Hopegivers International -sponsored Hope Home in Kota, India, won the Rajasthan state championship in their age bracket. Though the team of orphans was very nearly denied the opportunity to participate in the tournament, they played and carried themselves like champions. Our children are proof that every life matters and is precious to God, explained Hopegivers Founder Dr. M.A. Thomas.
After the historic victory, the children were greeted with jubilation and a parade was held in their honor. These children hold the distinction of being the first team from their district to win a soccer state championship since the tournament began in 1947. A celebration sorrounding orphaned and abandoned children is a wonderful thing, Thomas said
"People from the public came and took those children on their shoulders and danced with them. Then they began to give them gifts and brought food items and fruits and all these things for them," Thomas said.
The victory testifies to the team's hard work and also serves as a reminder that Hopegivers-sponsored orphans are getting the chance to be well-rounded and simply 'be kids'.
Despite the enormous amounts of difficulty faced during this last year because of his outreaches' faith-based approach, Dr. Thomas believes that this victory can go a long way to unite and bring communities together. "My dream is to rescue one million children and make them as stars, make them as ambassadors for God in various fields." "
FUTBOL A LA MATRIX
*referred by Chris G. (12/6/09)
Amazing Goalkeeper Goal
"UNITED KINGDOM (ANS) -- The soccer world's governing body -- FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association) -- has sparked controversy after disciplining the Brazilian team for overt displays of Christianity during a match.
AC Milan soccer star Kaka and his Brazilian teammates have been told to stop making overt displays of their Christianity during matches (Photo credit: EMPICS Sport/PA Photos).
Stars including £56 million pounds sterling ($91.5 million USD) Real Madrid forward Kaka and captain Lucio revealed T-shirts with devout slogans such as 'I Belong to Jesus' and 'I Love God' during the Confederations Cup final last month.
According to Daniel King, writing for Britain's 'Daily Mail' newspaper (www.dailymail.co.uk ), FIFA has now risked accusations of being 'anti-religious' by reminding Brazil of its guidelines banning players from making displays of a personal, religious or political nature on the football pitch.
King reports that a warning letter was sent to the Brazilian football federation 'to remind them of the relevant regulations, so that such incidents do not recur in the future.'
The newspaper reports that Brazilian players, and Kaka in particular, are well-known for their strong religious beliefs and the squad and backroom staff formed a large circle and sank to their knees in prayer after the victory over the US at the end of last month.
In the subsequent team photographs, many players were wearing the Christian T-shirts, with captain Lucio prominent as he lifted the trophy, the newspaper said.
In his article, King says: "But Brazil's display of faith had an extra element of controversy because most of the players are Pentecostalists, whose leaders have been accused of violating religious freedom by attacking those of other faiths.
"In the light of Brazil's high-profile display of faith, seen around the world by millions of television viewers, the head of football in Denmark wants all religious statements banned from football."
Jim Stjerne Hansen, secretary general of the Danish football association, said: "Just as we reject political manifestations, we should also say no to religious ones. There are too many risks involved in clubs, for example, with people of different religious faiths."
King explains that FIFA rules specifically ban the use of T-shirts or other undergarments, but there is nothing that outlaws prayer or other displays of religious belief. Law 4, which deals with players' equipment, reads: "Players must not reveal undergarments showing slogans or advertising. The basic compulsory equipment must not have any political, religious or personal statements."
Brazil has escaped sanction, just as they did following a similar display of T-shirts after their 2005 Confederations Cup win, but football has made its intention clear to keep religion, as well as politics, out of sport, King reported.
According to its website, FIFA is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 208 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football.
FIFA employs some 310 people from over 35 nations and is composed of a Congress (legislative body), Executive Committee (executive body), General Secretariat (administrative body) and committees (assisting the Executive Committee)."
"use soccer to impact the world for Christ"
Amazing soccer goals
New Soccer Game invented in Africa by a Missionary
"Come discover the developments of the game of Socette - a new sport invented in small and isolated village in Chad, Africa. Soccette continues to grow in popularity around the world and is an effective ministry tool for kids outreach."
Our Daily Bread (Mar.13) - A Safe Pair Of Hands
"Edwin van der Sar, goalkeeper for the Manchester United soccer team, had a safe pair of hands. He kept the ball from entering his teams goal for 1,302 minutes, a world record in one season! That means that for almost 15 games of 90 minutes each, no one was able to score even one goal against his team while he was guarding the goalposts. But one goal by an opposing team in March 2009 ended his record.
The psalmist David found comfort in the safest pair of hands—Gods hands. He wrote of Gods protection in Psalm 138, You will stretch out Your hand . . . and Your right hand will save me (v.7). Like David, we can look to Gods safe hands to keep us from spiritual danger and defeat.
Another assurance from Gods Word for followers of Christ is Jude 1:24-25: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. That doesnt mean well never stumble. But it does mean we wont stumble so badly that God cannot pick us up.
Gods safe pair of hands can never fail—ever! — C. P. Hia
From Him, who loves me now so well,
What power my soul can sever?
Shall life or death, or earth or hell?
No—I am His forever. —Small
No place is more secure than to be in Gods hands"
"Germany victories in soccer!!!"
Gaelic Football 1 of 3
"Gaelic Football! World's greatest sport and one of the oldest. Learn some of the basic rules and techniques invovled with gaelic football in this three part video series. If you haven't seen it you haven't seen anything!"
"The modern game was codified in England following the formation of The Football Association, whose 1863 Laws of the Game created the foundations for the way the sport is played today. Football is governed internationally by the F�d�ration Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football), commonly known by the acronym FIFA. The most prestigious international football competition is the FIFA World Cup, held every four years. This event, the most widely viewed in the world, boasts an audience twice that of the Summer Olympic Games..."
The laws of the game are currently determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The Board was formed in 1886 after a meeting in Manchester of The Football Association, the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales, and the Irish Football Association. The world's oldest football competition is the FA Cup, which was founded by C. W. Alcock and has been contested by English teams since 1872. The first official international football match took place in 1872 between Scotland and England in Glasgow, again at the instigation of C. W. Alcock. England is home to the world's first football league, which was founded in Birmingham in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. The original format contained 12 clubs from the Midlands and the North of England. The F�d�ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international football body, was formed in Paris in 1904 and declared that they would adhere to Laws of the Game of the Football Association. The growing popularity of the international game led to the admittance of FIFA representatives to the International Football Association Board in 1913. The board currently consists of four representatives from FIFA and one representative from each of the four British associations..."
Energia soccer ball photos
"Pictures from around the world of the Energia Soccer Ball and children."
Bend it Like Beckham Trailer
"British Film directed by Gurinder Chadha starring:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
30s Soccer Player
"In the developing world today, 100 million children with painful and crippling disabilities struggle just to get around. To them, a soccer ball means more than just a game..deve.it means life is fun for the first time."