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September 6, 2015
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Last week I talked about the nerds in my house. The fact that they're nerds doesn't mean they have their noses in front of a screen or into a comic book all the time. Bryan, 12, played soccer in our former town and really liked it. Thursday we ran a letter to the editor about turning the field behind Roosevelt into a public park and playground after the school closes next spring. I've been eyeing that grassy knoll myself since before we moved in up the street. It would make a perfect soccer field with plenty of room left for a playground for younger children of the lower north side.

I've been to 47 states and some other countries, and I've learned that every place has its ups and downs. A definite bummer about moving to Estherville was the lack of soccer beyond the little kid league. The Iowa Lakes College team plays out of the Spencer campus, but I thought perhaps some of the players take classes or even live in Estherville and hence we could start a team this spring for U12 and U14 players. While there are grants available from USA Soccer to start a team in an underserved area, sporty friends tell me they focus on urban areas with a lack of open spaces.

Here in rural Iowa we have wide open spaces and plenty of elbow (and kicking) room but not enough people to get all the jobs done. In this case we would need coaches, landscapers, goals, balls, line painters and related, but most of all we'd need older kids to play.

It would be great to have a USA Soccer league, but you don't need a league to kick the ball around and have fun with friendly competition.

Is there such a thing as pick up soccer games? If any are happening, I hope you'll let us know. Watching Bryan kick the soccer ball far down the field with his size 13s gives me immense joy. Seeing him having fun, laughing, shouting, heck actually moving around has been important in our lives for the short time he played soccer.

It's also an international sport in many foreign countries, it's their football. No pads, no first downs, no tackles, no hands just fancy footwork and the great tradition of making goals as a team.



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