Soccer is for everyone
I know many girls in their childhood would rather play with dolls than kick a ball in the muddy grass ( Guys, girls, goals!, September 26). But I don’t care.
I still remember when I was a primary school student, my mother took me to a shopping mall to buy toys as my birthday present. I ran to the soccer ball shelf and asked if I could have one. The soccer ball was not cheap, which was beyond my family’s financial ability. My mother asked me whether I truly wanted to play it. I nodded hard, and that’s how I got my first soccer ball.
Thanks to my father, who is a football coach doesn’t care I’m a girl, either. Almost every day after school, he took me to a small playground and trained me how to pass the ball, how to dribble and how to make a perfect shot.
Though I didn’t become a professional soccer player, thanks to my mother and father, who never felt that a girl shouldn’t play soccer, I had the chance to know the spirit of sports and soccer.
Running in the pitch, I felt freedom. Every time we scored a goal, I understood teamwork better. Playing soccer not only made me fit, but made me who I am today: a confident, persistent and emulative girl who never gives up easily! So trust me: soccer is not a boy’s game. It is for everyone! Emily Walker, by email