On 21st Nov ’15, Z participated in his first ever soccer friendly match. It was a good exposure to understand how the game was truly played on the field.
He also got to try the forward role.
The good parts: I thought Z had several good dives for defence. He was also brave enough to slide when required.
The bad parts: He tended to lose concentration, waste energies running in circles and not sprint when he ought to.
The learning points: Only through this game, he had to learn about marking his opponent attentively, standing in clear space and how to plan a goal kick.
The team that they played against was stronger and really thrashed their team by such a wide margin that I lost track of the scores. The other team had a much more organized and strategized game play. Z’s team seemed to be more of a motley crew without any team experience.
While Z was not a soccer prodigy, despite the less than stellar performance, he enjoyed the game and wanted to participate in similar friendly matches again.
I was heartened by his positivity and the ability to take setbacks in his stride, as well as to acknowledge that he had room for improvement.