11 Things You Know All Too Well If You Played Co-ed Soccer

11 Things You Know All Too Well If You Played Co-ed Soccer

"Way to play like a boy out there" is easily the worst compliment to get coming off the field.

I'd like to say that I was one of the few lucky ones who got to play co-ed. Co-ed soccer was amazing, and I loved every minute of it. I'd give anything to go back out on that field again, just one more time. I learned a lot during my time, and some things were good and others were not. Win or lose, my experience was one-in-a-million and easily my favorite high school sport.

1. Playing an all boys teams is the most fun.

Those guys just assume they can run you over, but boy did they have something coming for them. I may only be 5 feet 6 inches, but don't think you intimidate me, boys. Half the time I was bigger than the majority of the guys on the field or the ones I had to guard. It never scared me. Bigger girls in basketball have knocked me to the ground. Just because you don't have a b*tch braid and boobs doesn't make you're any more scary to me.

2. When you run over one of the guys and take the ball away.

It definitely deflates the ego a little when you show them that you can play at the same level as they play.

3. That one guy on the opposite team that wants to prove he’s a douche and a woman hater.

We get it, you’re the starting forward. Sorry that our defense isn’t afraid of you. Your flow isn't impressive, and you've missed more shots than you've taken tonight.

4. The boys on your team know not to underestimate all the girls on your team.

Thanks for all your support, boys. We had a team of basically half boys, half girls. In due time, the boys knew that girls were better in some places on the field. In other places, a guy fit the position better. Regardless of gender, we were all teammates.

5. Going back to all girls sports is really weird because you don’t know how to function without your guy friends.

Where’d they go? Why are there no boys on the field? Why do girls always have to have long nails and even longer hair?

6. The determination.

If playing sports wasn’t enough of a motivation, showing your sexist coach that you can “hang with the boys” is more than enough satisfaction. Don't try and knock us down. "Wow, way to play like a boy out there!" was not the compliment I was looking for as I came off the field playing the entire half. There were so many other ways you could've worded that, sir.

7. Getting hurt and walking it off.

Oh, how you wish you could just rage, but no. Keep it together, girl. Walk it off, and toughen up, just like any practical girl would do.

8. The gross guys that try to flirt with you while playing the game.

What?!? Yes, this happens. Yes, it is not cool. I am dripping sweat with my headband half off my head, stop trying to make a move you sleaze. Uncomfortable would be the nice way to put it.

9. People questioning why you, a girl, have soccer in the fall.

Because I’m a badass, that’s why. Well, really, it is due to my school's small size and inability to field an entire soccer team for both genders, so we merge. I was never a fan of volleyball season anyway.

10. The guy that somehow always “accidentally” pushes off your boobs/ass.

If a red card wasn’t on the line you would be so done for, bud. LIKE DUDE, NO.

11. Loving every single minute of being a part of an amazing team.

Not many people get the chance to play co-ed, but it is a great opportunity! I can't imagine playing soccer without playing against/with guys. It was an amazing time, something I will always remember, even if we weren't the greatest team in the league.

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Soccer's Holy Grail: The Champions League

The Beautiful Game's Biggest Stage

All around the world, when spectators see the "starball" logo and hear "the chaaampioons", instant feelings of giddiness ensue for a Champions League soccer match. For everyone knows, the Champions League pits together the best talents in world soccer and the beautiful game will be played at the highest level. It truly is something to marvel at.

One of the reasons that soccer is such a worldwide phenomenon is the ability to have such an entity as the Champions League. No other sport in the world comes close to how much soccer is played, watched and analyzed. Every season, the struggle to become known as the champion of world club soccer is fought tooth and nail for millions and millions of people to see.

The structure of the champions league is fairly simple; throughout Europe's top leagues in many different countries, the clubs that become champions of their respective league gains a bid to the Champions League. Additionally, certain major leagues in Europe are awarded more places in the Champions League. For example, the English Premier League is awarded four spots in the Champions League for the four best finishers in their domestic league.

When all of this adds up, you have a tournament in which the best and hottest teams in the world play against each other. For teams around Europe, the center of soccer around the globe, winning the Champions League is the highest honor. To win the Champions League, a team must best a field of clubs who are at the peak of their game. Winning the Champions League is a feat that only 22 teams can boast.

Whenever I think about the Champions League as a whole, I always draw comparisons to the March Madness tournament of college basketball. Both events provide opportunities for two things: teams get to play other teams that would normally never play each other and the proclivity for upsets.

Similar to the upsets that undoubtedly happen at every March Madness tournament, the Champions League consistently allows for a team coming from a smaller league to make a run at the final. Additionally, teams from around Europe that would never play each other get to face off on the biggest stage. This allows for spectators to not only view different ways of playing soccer but also how playing styles clash and what works best.

This year, Real Madrid has made the semi-finals and is in prime position to win the competition for the third year in a row. Surely, this will continue to spark the Messi versus Ronaldo debate, but we all know who is the real best player in the world.. (Messi of course).

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10 Vivid Memories You Have If You Grew Up Playing Soccer

The tan lines were the absolute worst.

I grew up playing soccer from the first season my parents could sign me up, all the way until I started college.

Playing this sport has definitely helped shape me into the person I am today and I wouldn't trade it for the world. No matter what season of the year it was, my time was dedicated to soccer.

It has been there for me through the good, the bad and most definitely the ugly. If soccer was apart of your life like it was mine, the following memories are probably engraved into your brain for life.

1. You have weird tan lines in all of your pictures

This is by far the WOAT. Pretty much every hour I spent outside was in my uniform and shin guards, so only my knees and forearms ever saw the sun.

Everything else was pretty much as white as a ghost. Walking around Disney World like this definitely made some heads turn.

2. You owned every color of pre-wrap at some point

This was a staple product in everyone's bags. Even though it's pre-wrap, it was never used for that purpose. It was always used as a headband.

Taking out pre-wrap in front of the team was like taking a pack of gum out in the middle of class... everyone asked for a piece.

3. You always had electrical tape in your bag

This is just another product that wasn't used for its intended purpose. To a normal person, electrical tape seems like a strange thing to carry around in your soccer bag. But this was the best way to tape up your shin guards.

Bonus points to whoever could make the biggest tape ball by the end of the season.

4. Most of your excitement came from buying a fresh pair of cleats for a new season

You were lucky if your cleats were still intact by the end of the season. There was no better excitement than walking up to the big wall of cleats in Dick's Sporting Goods.

5. You spent most weekends traveling for tournaments

The best part about playing travel soccer was getting to stay in hotels with your team for the weekend.

Some of my favorite memories are sitting in a hotel courtyard with all of my teammates and the parents.

6. You had turf burns and bruises all over your legs

Turf burns are worse than any other burn. You slide or fall on the turf at least once during practices and games. Accompanying the burn are all of those little black turf beads that you have to brush out of the wound too.

Compression shorts are a must and if you forget them then you're SOL. Definitely should have worn mine during flag football too.

7. If someone was playing dirty, you remembered her jersey number so you could get her back later

Nothing gets you heated more than when a player on the other team starts taking cheap shots at you and doesn't get caught. There's nothing quite like sweet revenge.

8. You could never wear heels without someone commenting on your calves

Homecoming season was always a struggle.

9. You look pissed in all of the pictures your parents took during games

I'm furrowing my brows and have my hands on my hips in every picture. Literally. Every single one.

10. The friends you grew up playing with are still your friends now

Thanks for giving me lots of mems and friends over the years.

Cover Image Credit: Karli Haubenreiser

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