How to be a footballer: Step Three

Go to a football tournament!

That’s right – I’m heading off to Prague tomorrow for a whole weekend full of football, playing football, drinking beer, more football, a lot more beer, a bit of sightseeing and a whole whack of footballers around me!

JPEG and her football team went to this last year and they won the girls tournament – so they decided to head back this year and defend their title… and I decided to join in on the fun.

So, the last few weeks have been all about getting me up to speed on football – of course I’m surrounded by football talk day in and day out since my housemates, JPEG & Roomie, are both footballers, and most of my friends are footballers.

Last week saw me head out onto the pitch for the first time ever – a scary experience to say the least… but after surviving it, I know I’ll be ok to muck about a bit in Prague. I won’t be playing any serious games as the girls are there to win, but I’ll definitely be getting out there and having a bit of fun with the hundreds of other players around us 🙂

With that said, I’ll be offline for a few days while I try survive the few days in Prague!

Week 24 – How to be a footballer: Step Two

Get out on the pitch!

When wanting to learn how to play football, or become a footballer, probably the most important thing to do is to get out on the pitch! Duh 😉

So, in preparation for my big debut when we head off to Prague next week (more on that to follow in upcoming posts – watch this space!), JPEG put me on a team in a friendly match (so that if they lost it didn’t matter 😉 ) and gave me a chance to get a feel for what it’s like between those 2 posts… the goal posts!

In my dreamworld I figured that I’d be subbed on towards the end for just a few minutes, but then the team lists were sent out – nope, there I was on the team for the whole game, with no subs to mention o_O

I’ve got this!

Right before the game started, I practiced a whopping 3 shots – 2 saved, 1 in. OK. Now for the real thing…

To say I was nervous would be an understatement – these girls can seriously kick a ball! I had visions of the thing smashing into my face every time it came near me, but I had a very good defense team and they stopped most of the balls from coming anywhere near me.

And then there were the ones that they didn’t stop.

My first few attempts were really good – I saved 3 shots in a row! Then a couple were let through.

I then stupidly kicked the ball straight to one of the opposing team members and she took a shot at goal and of course, straight to the back of the net it went!

A couple more saved here and there, a bunch more let through… but overall I didn’t do too bad of a job for a first time. And when the opposing team learned that not only was this my first time in goal, but my first time even playing football, they were well impressed! And my team were happy enough with me (or so they say 😉 ) so it was a successful attempt at learning to be a footballer!

The indoor sports world at Dubai World Trade Centre

The indoor sports world at Dubai World Trade Centre

Week 21 – How to be a footballer: Step One

Obtain a football kit to play in!

Football kit

Football kit

This arrived at home yesterday – it’s MY football kit for when we all head off to Prague in a month’s time for a football tournament 🙂

And it’s my first ever football kit because I’ve never played football before!

So, follow me over the next few weeks as I give you step by step instructions on how to play football, as told by me – someone who has never played the game before XD and then make sure to keep following me as I unfold the stories of me getting out on the pitch for the first time, probably being hit in the face with the ball for the first time, and maybe, just maybe, saving a goal for the first time! 😉