NO PAR­ENTS AL­LOWED, AND THAT’S JUST FINE BY THESE KIDS

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS - — Derek Van Diest

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.”

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