NO PARENTS ALLOWED, AND THAT’S JUST FINE BY THESE KIDS
SALOU, Spain — there have been stressful moments for players at the danone Nations cup, but none of it has come from the parents.
Family has been banned from attending the first two days of the tournament, a move applauded by some players.
Parents do not have access to the Salou Soccer Sports complex where qualifying rounds of the tournament have taken place. they’ll be able to attend the finals with the venue switching to the RCDE Stadium, home to espanyol of the Spanish La Liga. Organizers are expecting nearly 30,000 spectators to attend the final day.
“Oh my, it’s the best,” laughed one canadian player. “there is no pressure when they’re not here. My dad is always telling me where to go and what mistakes I made on the field. I know what I’m doing and I know when I make a mistake.
“So now it’s a really calming feeling. I still have pressure from the coaches and that, but less pressure from the sidelines.”
Some parents still found a way to look in on the action from a hill overlooking the facility. However, they are too far away to be noticed.
“you don’t have any parents judging you, which is good,” said another canadian player.
“It’s more relaxing to just have the coach yell at you and not have 20 parents yelling at you.”
While many canadian parents are in town, players are not allowed to leave their team to interact with them. all 56 teams from 27 countries have been sequestered at a beachside resort where parents are not allowed to visit.
“Our wi-fi is so terrible at the hotel, so we can’t text them even though we are allowed to do that,” said a third player. “I have called my parents, but we can’t go out to dinner with them or anything. they’re all at another hotel.”