Thursday, August 27, 2009

ANITA ASANTE ( US Professional Soccer Player ) takes on Discussion Topic 1- "ROLE OF FAMILY IN A SPORTS PERSON'S LIFE..."

(Article by Anita Asante: #5 Sky Blue FC and England International Defender.)
Family is important in every one's life and I feel especially important in mine. I guess I just started recognizing the importance of the support I received from my parents and siblings, now that I have grown up and matured with age. As a kid growing up, ("Football" as the Sport is called in Europe) was first thing on my mind the moment I returned from school.All I wanted to do was throw my trainers on and hang out with the boys for a competitive game of Street Football in our local courts...  

I sometimes sit back and think; "Wow, aren't I lucky that I have parents that support my ambition in Football?" I am fortunate enough that I was allowed to accrue cuts and bruises while taking on and getting kicked by boys...my dad not "batting an eyelid' and my mum probably hoping this was just a phase. However, when my big opportunity came at fourteen to play in the U 16's Arsenal Centre of Excellence, I jumped at the chance with my dad equally pleased that I was going to play for the team he supported. My mum, at this point was nervous about what role she would have to fulfill in terms of shuttling me around to-and-from training and matches especially because she would rather not have to drive outside a 10-mile radius from our home.

People may wonder why my parents' support for me would at all be questionable. My first answer to this is; I am a female  playing Football, which in the earlier days of my participation was considered unusual. (Many, a girl, in the English cities, suburbs and the countryside might be thinking they were the only girl remotely interested in Football, let alone playing with a majority of boys!)
Secondly, my parents are Ghananian and have grown  up with the traditional and cultural views that mostly uphold that women should stay at home, look after her children and husband, or alternatively, focus on Education  and not consider chasing dreams in Sports- especially Sports dominated by men. I have lived a life where these views have not crept into my childhood, nor in my adult life sofar. My parents recognized my talent, passion and drive, and put in as much effort as I did. Without them I would not be in the position I am now...that of posessing a master's Degree in Politics and of being a professional  Soccer Player in the Women's Professional Soccer League in the USA. 

 Of course my family had doubts and fears...the same fears that most parents hold about their childrens' future. Those fears started off as, "I hope she doesn't get hurt playing with the boys,or get into trouble" and then developed into "what future can can she have playing football... she needs to focus more on her education". In the end my ability to balance both studies and my Football with the support and of my parents assured them that I could manage both. I have many exciting, funny and sad stories through my football experiences, but so do my parents. They enjoyed watching me play and they established friendships with other "Soccer" parents.

I must mention my brother's and sister's role in supporting me because it is easy for them to get lost in the foray of my Football highs and lows. There is no doubt in my mind at all that my brother Andrew, the second oldest sibling, may have felt sidelined or even overshadowed by my Football events at times, but funny enough Andrew always knew more about what I was doing than I did. For example, I would have to ask him who I was playing on the weekend or who scored the goals in our game or got substituted, the list goes on... ridiculous I know. So, I guess you can see why I was happy for him to be around. He was  and is still is hub of information and memory!
I think I've rambled on enough. My family has always been there through the ups and downs. They are always my biggest footy critics, but have also been my reliable "mode" of transportation... just kidding! I know one thing for sure without them I would not be living the dream. ***To interract with Anita Asante on Facebook, click on the link...http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=102186445515&ref=mf
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Monday, August 24, 2009

WPS LEAGUE 2009 FINALS' Video


Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) won this championship after beating Los Angeles' LA Sol 1:0, Saturday August 22nd 2009. Two new teams join the 2010 championships... which one will prevail above the rest? Something to look forward to!!! Click Here to Read More..

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Go Sky Blue FC!!! They just won the First Ever WPS Championship(2009)...UNBELIEVABLE!!!

It's amazing how a fourth seed team can upset an all regular- season "giant" to take the championship( never mind a unique team with a coach-player)... this is INDEED WPS History!!! Click Here to Read More..

Thursday, August 20, 2009

KRISTEN GRACZYK( US Professional Soccer Player) takes on Discussion Topic 1- "ROLE OF FAMILY IN A SPORTS PERSON'S LIFE..."

(Article by: Kristen Graczyk, #13Defender, FC Gold Pride, WPS)

It’s interesting how the role of family can change throughout one’s life in Sports. Initially, at a young age, I relied on my parents in many ways. Most important, of course, was to get me to and from practices. Being that I was 10, I couldn’t yet get around and was at the mercy of my parents to get me to practices and games. This explains why I was late most of the time...

As I got older I relied less on them physically taking me to practice and more on being there to help me make the big decisions; which team to play for, which coach to play for, where to go to college etc. The interesting thing about my parents, as with most parents I’m sure, is that it bodes well for me to listen to them, they are always right. Sure enough, I ended up at one of the top universities in the country, the University of Connecticut, and had the best four years of my life!

The one thing that has stayed consistent with my family (my younger brother included) is that they have always supported me. From the time I was 10 to-date, my parents have been at every single one of my soccer games and have been the first to give me a hug following the game, win or lose. They are my biggest supporters; not in the controlling, telling me what to do, how to pass or shoot the ball type of way. They know their role as my parents and I can’t thank them enough for being there for me!

The role of my family in my soccer career is immeasurable; it’s easy for me to say that without my parents and my brother’s support I would not be where I am today. They are my biggest fans and the first people I lean on when I need advice, a good laugh or most importantly, a hug after a long day on the field. I play because I love the game, but I also play for them because they are as much invested in this as I am.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Finally, we will have our first Guest Bloggers- this Friday, 08/21/2009!!!

Every week we will feature one or more guest bloggers. This has been in preparation for a while and now we are ready to take it away!!!

Look out this Friday, 08/21/2009, for our first surprise!!! Our first topic... "The Role/Importance of family in a Soccer player's life"...
***Feel to share your views after reading the articles by Guest bloggers. By the way your can submit an article via e-mail to fdk08m@soccerfloflo.com and after we have proof-read it, we will feature it as an guest-blogger article. The article should be about 500-800 words maximum and NOT disrespectful in any way. This does not mean that it cannot be controversial; Even if it is controversial, it should still maintain the aspect of respect.
*This goes for readers' comments, too.

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Women's Pro Soccer Commissioner, Tonya Antonucci, on WPS League State of Affairs (Tuesday,08/18/2009)

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

FC SKY BLUE sends WASHINGTON FREEDOM home... It's only the beginning of Soccer Drama in the WPS League!!!

Sky Blue FC astoundingly sent Washington Freedom packing after a 2-1 win to advance the Super semi finals against St.Louis Athletica. Now this is hot! LA Sol should watch out for Sky Blue FC considering the momentum they have gained over the season... LA might be in for a great surprise!!! *Watch this video, below, of the game between the two teams (courtesy of womensprosoccer.com) Click Here to Read More..
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Womens Pro Soccer League PLAYOFFS TONIGHT!!!

Today the Womens Pro. Soccer League 2009 playoffs begin. FC Sky Blue will face Washington Freedom in the first round of the playoffs before the winner advances to the semi-finals with the St. Louis Athletica. It is unbelievable that less than a year ago this league was just in the making and now we have the "Real Deal"... atleast the first year has been successful and very organized!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

BOSTON BREAKERS FACE THE LA SOL SUNDAY!!!

A game to anticipate and be anxious about... The Boston Breakers face the formidable LA Sol this Sunday, August 9th at 6pm at Harvard Stadium. No doubt both teams harbor most of the US Soccer top-seed and that makes it fun. LA sol has one advantage... whatever the result , they have nothing to lose; at least until they face the semi-final winner in the playoffs. The Boston Breakers, on the other hand, may have to play two games before they can face LA Sol. again in the finals, if they make it. (We all hope they do.)

In the meantime, it's the spirit, the thrill and the warm anticipation of this weekend's encounter between these two teams right here in Boston that makes one sleepless 'til Sunday!!!!
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