32 Things Only Soccer Players Would Understand

SOCCER 4 LIFE.

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1. You first started playing out on the street with your friends and cousins.

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2. You followed soccer on Univision, Telemundo, and the occasional World Cup and MLS game on ABC.

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Americans didn't really care about soccer back in the day. They still don't but whatever. Their loss.

7. When you were forced to walk in line to high-five the other team for the sake of "sportsmanship."

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Absolutely no one cared about sportsmanship. Those high fives were meaningless. If anything, you probably hated everyone on the other team.

11. When the referees always asked you to knock on your shin guards and lift up your cleats before a game.

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"Yes, ref. You caught me. I have razor blades for cleats. WHATCHUGONNADO BOUT IT?"

13. You never wanted to be on the practice team that had to wear bibs.

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Because your coach never actually washed them, even though they were drenched in sweat for the last six months.

16. Walking around from class to class with your soccer bag that had your name, player number and team logo on it was kinda cool.

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"Yeah. I play soccer. And that makes me cooler than you."

17. But your soccer bag ALWAYS smelled horrendous. It didn't matter how much Febreeze you sprayed on it, the stench never went away.

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18. When varsity training commenced, you didn't touch a ball for at least two weeks. It was all about that conditioning.

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Suicides, VO2s, sprinting, laps, walking as a team, jogging as a team, sprinting as a team, you name it. It sucked.

29. SCREAMING. PARENTS (the worst of them all).

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