The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes- Stop Wasting Money On Shoes That Don’t Last


The Best Indoor Soccer Shoes – Stop Wasting Money On Shoes That Don’t Last


 

How frustrating is it when you have to buy new indoor soccer shoes for you or your kids each year? Not only is it frustrating, but it is also expensive to have to keep buying the best indoor soccer shoes for your child every year. I don’t know about you, but I can’t keep forking out money just because my shoes fall apart.

It is inevitable, you or your child will go through soccer shoes as a kid goes through his Halloween candy. But I want to see if I can help prevent you from having to get new indoor shoes every season and save you time and money in the long run.

If you play soccer as much as I do, you cut, shoot, and get stepped on during games and practices, knowing full well your shoes are going through the wringer when playing.

That is why for me it is crucial to invest in a good pair of shoes to play in.

However, I am a frugal guy and have hard time buying shoes that are expensive. I tend to always go for the middle-class shoe, but I always regret it because they seem to not hold up as long.

In fact, I was practicing the other day and made two hard cuts right and left; I looked down at my shoe to see that the whole sole of my shoe ripped and half of my foot was hanging out. I bought these shoes 9 months ago ya’ll! Those were the middle-class shoes I was talking about. They were comfortable but lacked in quality.

Why Should You Keep Reading

First, I did all the research for you so you don’t have to do as much research. I needed shoes myself that were quality and comfortable so I decided to share all my research with you to save you time and make it easy for you. When I was looking for shoes, I said to myself, “I wish I had a bunch of information about indoor soccer shoes to make my decisions easier”. Unfortunately, I did not have that luxury, but my loss is your gain.

So, here is all my research I found when looking to find the best quality indoor soccer shoes that fit my expectations.

 

1. Adidas Performance Men’s Mundial Goal Soccer Shoe

Who doesn’t love Adidas anything? There is a reason why this shoe and company is still being used by millions of athletes.

Adidas soccer shoe brand has been around for a long time and has an incredible story behind it. Check out the story below.

These Adidas Performance Men’s Mundial Goal Soccer Shoe, in particular, are lightweight and fit those that have a wider foot than the average person.

The one thing you don’t want when looking for indoor shoes is for them to be super tight and create discomfort while playing the game.

Pros- Crisp, Clean, and Comfy

First, these shoes are very clean and crisp. I personally am a fan of the clean look on shoes. Too many shoes today are super bright neon colors and I just prefer a cleaner look.

By all means, if you like the bright colors then maybe the other shoes in the list would be a better fit for you but remember that this shoe is super comfortable and is very lightweight, so you may want to comprise the look for the fit.

Second, you are less likely to see scuff marks. We all know that it is just a matter of time before someone steps on your shoes. The worst thing to have is a huge black scuff mark on your brand new shoes.

You are less likely to see the scuff marks when you buy these Adidas shoes.

Finally, these shoes are durable. They are durable because they are made with kangaroo leather. From what I know, kangaroo leather is super strong. Not only that but the leather allows for any foot to mold into the shoe to create a comfortable fit.

p.s. Just be aware that Adidas shoes tend to be bigger so make sure you try a size lower than your original size first to make sure they fit correctly.

2. NIKE Men’s Mercurial X Victory VI CR7

Anything with the letters CR7 after it deserves a bit of time drooling over. If you don’t know what CR7 stands for than let me help you.

CR7 was named after, Cristiano Ronaldo (#7), possibly the greatest soccer player to ever play the game. Now, just because it has CR7 doesn’t mean it is a perfect shoe but it was made for soccer players to be comfortable when playing and for those with narrow feet.

Pros- Outstanding Traction and Ankle Support

If you have ever bought any indoor shoes the main thing you should look for is a shoe with great traction. There are many other things you should look for, but the worst thing is for your shoes to slip on those futsal courts. This shoe has the traction you need!

I remember going to Brazil in 2011 and playing on some amazing indoor soccer courts. CLICK HERE to check out my story.

The shoes I took to Brazil struggled with the traction and I was slipping everywhere. This didn’t prevent me from scoring on the Brazilians, but it played a factor in my game.

If you are wondering what I did on my soccer Brazil trip? Check it out here.

Also, what I absolutely love about this shoe is the ability to have a little ankle support with the ankle sleeve that is attached as well as the tongueless detail.

I currently wear some Nikes with the ankle support detail and has the tongueless feature. Why would you not want a tongue? The reason for this is to create a tighter fit which is super helpful when playing soccer and allows your feet to feel the ball better and feel more secure.

Cons- Too Tight for Me

Like I said before, I have wide feet and so this shoe is a little snug on my feet. I feel like I have no room to breathe even when I try on a half size above my original size. Now, that doesn’t mean this is the case for you, so I would just suggest that you try on both your size and a half size bigger if you can just to see if it makes a difference.

3. Adidas Men’s Nemeziz Tango Turf Soccer Shoes

The shoes that let you get to the field five minutes before game time and slip on your shoes without tying them.

OKAY…OKAY!

I don’t recommend arriving 5 minutes before game time. You should warm-up and stretch, but how amazing does it feel when you don’t even have to tie your shoes before playing soccer? All you have to do is slip these babies on and you are scoring goals and dribbling around people like Messi.

You are probably thinking, “How in the world do these shoes get tight enough for me to play in them without tying them?”. I thought the exact same thing. It is crazy that they have made a shoe that gives proper support and allows you to be mobile to play at a top-level.

Pros- Incredible Design and Mobility

I am in love with this design! I am not a guy who likes flashy shoes, so I probably wouldn’t go for the neon orange look. However, the option to choose blue and white is perfect.

Also, if you are playing soccer on turf the Adidas Men’s Nemeziz Tango Turf Soccer Shoes will help you be more mobile. The sole of the shoe is built specifically for turf with a softer cleat like sole for quick movements and change of direction.

At first glance, it looks like the sole of the shoe is hard but the sole is built with a rubber material and allows you to have great ball control. To be honest, this shoe feels like you don’t even have shoes on when playing.

Cons- Breathability

I have never had a problem with Adidas shoes not being breathable, but a couple of people did mention in reviews that this shoe was not breathable and the heel became unstitched after wearing them a few times. I have not experienced this, however, that isn’t to say it wouldn’t happen occasionally like any shoe.

4. Adidas Men’s Predator Indoor Shoe

Do you remember that time when you were playing Futsal and your shoes decided to have no grip so you embarrassed yourself by doing the splits?

Yup! That happened to me countless times. It’s really embarrassing when your opponent makes you look silly and scores on you. That happened to me as well!

In fact, I can think back on a pair of shoes that I constantly had to lick my hand and rub the bottom of my shoe just to make my shoe stick. I would do this over and over again during any futsal match and it kind of gets old after a while.

This rarely happens with the Adidas Predator shoes and I say rarely because I have to give that possibility that it could happen.

Pros- Reviews & Comments

Now, I know you can’t always believe all the reviews and comments because every shoe fits each player differently and each player has different preferences, but I would say Reviews and Comments sometimes make or break my decision to get a shoe or not.

I mentioned that I struggled before finding a shoe that had good grip regardless of the court or field. Hearing what this reviewer had to say about these shoes was a game changer for me. I was sold on everything else but was skeptical about the grip on the shoe.

A reviewer mentioned that he used these Adidas Men’s Predator Indoor Shoe on a dusty futsal field and the did the job. He had a good grip without slipping. A big reason that he probably had success is that the sole of these shoes is thin on top which helps with ball control and helps you grip the ball better. The back of the shoes is thicker which will help with making cuts faster and being able to maneuver past opponents.

I also love the mesh material that supports your ankle which gives you a snug fit and better ball control.

Cons- The Material

I would have to say I am a little concerned about the material on the top of the shoe. It looks like it is netted and I have had bad experiences with shoes that were like that. Within time my guess is my toe would make a hole in the front of the shoe and the mesh would tear.

5. Adidas Men’s Messi Turf Soccer Shoes

When it comes to design, I would say this shoe would be my top shoe. I am in love with both red and black together. In fact, you probably notice that my website is that color. But no one will buy a shoe just because of the way it looks. It needs to fit well and it needs to hold up well in games and matches.

So why did the Adidas Men’s Messi Turf Soccer Shoe make my top 5 list?

Pros- Designed by Lionel Messi

In my opinion, Messi is the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) in the soccer world. There is so many people that debate this specific topic but now is not the time to get into it. We are talking about the shoes that Messi wears to be the G.O.A.T.

One of the most comforting things for me when looking at these shoes was seeing Messi’s name on the shoe.

Why is that comforting?

If the shoe was made for Messi, you better believe the shoe is designed in such a way that Messi approves. You wouldn’t put your name on something if it didn’t fit your expectation and the same goes for Messi. He wouldn’t put his name on a shoe and not like the design and the comfortability of the shoe.

When you are looking for a soccer shoe, you want to find a shoe that is going to be light and comfortable. This is what we find here with Messi’s shoes. I explain to countless people that you need to find shoes that make you feel like you aren’t wearing any. If a soccer shoe is super heavy it will slow your play down and it will feel super uncomfortable while playing.

Cons- The Only “BUT”

Would you agree that every shoe fits people in different ways?

ABSOLUTELY!

Even though the Messi Turf shoes are Adidas, you may want to get them a half size up from your original size.

For Example:

  • Size 10 would be 10 1/2
  • Size 8 would be 8 1/2

I have heard that some people bought their original size and it fits them perfectly, but it is totally up to you.

Normally Adidas shoes run big and are for people with wider feet, but for some reason, this is not the case for these shoes.

FINALLY…BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM

At the end of the day, IT IS ALL UP TO YOU!

Like I said before, each shoe fits each person differently. Not everyone will agree with what I liked and disliked about each shoe. I have my own expectations when it comes to indoor soccer shoes, but I promise once you find those shoes that fit you perfectly, you will know.

Now get out to the field, work hard, and BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM with those new kicks.

If this was helpful, feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you liked or what other things you would like me to write about it. Don’t forget to share with your friends!

 

 


Coach Up ReviewsCoach Phil is the co-founder of SoccerSkillsU.com and a private training coach. He is passionate about coaching young people and helping them to step up their game on the field. His personalized training style helps the student of the game have a seemingly unfair advantage over their opponent. Learn more about Coach Phil on his About Me page or his Soccer Coach Citrus Heights website


The Best Of Soccer Equipment


The Best Of Soccer Equipment


Investing in quality soccer equipment is vital if you are a coach. Being a coach myself, I know how frustrating it is when you buy equipment one week and the next week it breaks or falls apart. DON’T BE THAT COACH! In fact, I will just save you the time and the frustration now by showing you the best of soccer equipment, in my opinion.

This soccer equipment I list is robust and built to last. So many reviews have been written about these specific products. However, I am a man of honesty so I am going to be straight with you from the start and say that many coaches fudge on their soccer equipment and decide to go the cheap route for every piece of equipment.

Sometimes you can buy cheap equipment, but let me caution you and say buying quality equipment that is built to last will save you money in the long run. So, make sure to do your research as I have.

Trust me! I have experienced the hard way. I went the route of buying some cheap equipment only to watch it break on me the second week. I am a coach that is very frugal and I am always looking for ways to save money, but when it comes to finding quality equipment that lasts for my training I am willing to pay more for something that will last me longer and prevent me from having to buy more equipment.

Now like I said before, I don’t mean every equipment you buy has to be the top notch and most expensive equipment. I am saying you need to make sure what you are buying is going to last. Equipment can be cheap but yet quality at the same time.

Not only do you want equipment that is durable, but also you want equipment that is beneficial.

The worst thing for you to do is waste money on soccer equipment that is not beneficial for your training. Many coaches think they have to have the latest and greatest and spend money on equipment they don’t need.

So…

My goal is to give you my top 3 list of the best soccer equipment that I have seen is beneficial and durable. I will be answering four questions on each equipment. 

1. How well does it work?

2. How durable is it?

3. What could make it better?

4. Why is it vital to have as a coach?

In the end, my hope is that you have a better idea of what equipment best suits your coaching needs and that you feel you received valuable information on what equipment to choose.

So let’s jump into the best of soccer equipment!

1. AGILITY LADDER AND CONES BY FIREBREATHER

This equipment to me is essential when it comes to coaching. In soccer, you need to learn how to change directions and shift your body from side to side. You need to make hard cuts and decrease your speed quickly. The agility ladder and cones improve an athlete’s quickness, coordination, and decision making. This is the ultimate training set.

How well does this work?

The agility ladder and cones are great! At first site of the product, I was skeptical about its durability, but I have had so many athletes run over it and it stays together looking like new. They trip and fall on the ladder, step on the cones and the cones mold back together staying in perfect working condition.

I personally use the agility ladder for my warm-up drills and my athletes have fallen in love with trying to get through the drills faster by not messing up or tripping on the ladder.

Not to mention, I have seen a huge improvement in their speed and have learned how to change direction quicker than when they started.

 How durable is it?

Let’s be honest! As coaches, we are looking to buy equipment that is going to last a long time. It wouldn’t be smart to buy something that is going to break within the first week.

The Firebreather agility ladder and cones can last in 0-degree weather or 110-degree weather. It is a 15 ft. ladder with 12 durable plastic rungs that have the ability to adjust to your preference. It has 4 stakes to push into the ground that are metal and not plastic.

Don’t you hate it when the stakes are plastic and one push into the hard ground and it snaps?

So frustrating!

If that isn’t enough for you, it has a nylon bag that makes it easy to carry and protects the ladder and cones from any damage as you transfer it to and from training.

And get this! 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

What could make this product better?

As far as the ladder goes, the only thing I would have a problem with is the straps. Because you can adjust the ladder from larger to smaller, it doesn’t have the rungs nailed in place. So, what happens is if your athlete trips over the ladder, the ladder will sometimes move and will need to be readjusted.

As far as the cones go, the cones are thinner than normal agility cones. So far the cones haven’t ripped or anything so the thinness hasn’t been a problem.

Why was it vital for me to have as a coach?

I asked myself these questions…

Do I want to see my athletes improve on their quickness and overpower their opponent?

Do I want equipment that helps prevent my athletes from injury?

Do I want equipment that is sturdy and can hold up during multiple pieces of training a week?

My answers to all of these questions were…YES!!!

So, having this equipment was a no brainer for me.

2. Trademark Innovations 6” Speed Training Hurdles

Speed Training Hurdles are a game changer! I kept contemplating whether or not I would actually use these in my training. I bought them and they sat in my garage for about two weeks before I pulled them out. I had no hopes that they would be beneficial.

But let me tell how well they worked.

How well does it work?

If you are looking for faster ways to set up your training, the Speed Training hurdles are the way to go. They are plastic, lightweight, and very easy to set up. You literally set them down with the two rubber ends facing the ground and they are ready to go. They do fall over when kicked but again it is so easy to set them back up.

The hurdles have improved athletes speed and have increased their leg muscle. The hurdles improve different muscles than cones. The athletes have to be more conscious of stepping over each hurdle getting their knees high enough to prevent them from knocking the hurdles over.

How durable is it?

In my eyes for what I paid for these hurdles, they are very durable. They have been used many times and haven’t broken or came apart.

I mean, are there speed hurdles out there that are more durable? Absolutely! But for the kind of training, I am doing with this equipment, I don’t need them to be anything but plastic.

What could make this product better?

If I had to pick something, I would say it would be beneficial if the speed hurdles came with some kind of weight to weigh down the hurdles.

But I also go back and forth with that because you don’t want the hurdles so secure to were your athlete trips and gets hurt because the hurdles have no give.

So one could benefit with or without the weights.

More importantly, I do wish the speed hurdles came with some kind of transporting device. Maybe a Velcro strap to hold them together or a bag to carry them in.

Why was it vital for me to have as a coach?

Like I said before, I didn’t believe these were vital at first. They sat in my garage for 2-3 weeks before I pulled them out.

However, when I saw the improvements in my athlete’s speed and quickness improve I was sold.

Also, when asking my athletes what their opinion was of the speed hurdles and seeing their own improvement, it was a given that these speed hurdles were vital.

3. QUICKPLAY PRO SOCCER GOAL TARGET NET

We all have that athlete on our team who has a breakaway and decides to kick the ball straight at the goalkeeper.

And all the coaches said, AMEN!!!! 

I can remember as a kid my dad freaking out because at times I would kick the ball straight at the goalie instead of picking a corner and putting the ball in the back of the net.

The Quickplay Pro Soccer Goal helps not only with accurate shooting but it helps the athlete with consistent passes as well.

How well does it work?

People are saying this is essential if you want your passing and shooting to increase.

One athlete said it was so simple to assemble and disassemble.

I don’t know about you but I like when my equipment doesn’t take long to set up.

This net has 7 changeable soccer targets that you can shoot into working on both accuracy and consistency.

Not only that but the net comes with Velcro colored markers. Place a different color patch above a specific target and watch your athletes visual quickness improve.

How durable is it?

One trainer said he had twenty 9-12-year-olds shooting at this and it held up without ever falling off.

No holes! No tears! No Rips! Perfectly designed for the one that wants to improve their passing and shooting accuracy.

What could make this product better?

At first glance, I am not sure why they have the target in the middle. We are trying to get away from our athletes shooting in the middle of the goal.

I would suggest to get rid of the middle target or move the target up near the crossbar and that would make the athlete aim for the crossbar area than straight into the middle of the goal.

Why it is vital for me as a coach?

In regards to shooting, if my athletes can’t score goals or capitalize when they get opportunities, then you give your opponent more chances to win.

In regards to passing, if my athletes can’t pass accurately, we won’t be controlling the ball due to our passes being poor and our opponent will control the whole game.

So, I will be buying this product because it is a great investment for my training allowing my athletes to grow in their passing and shooting.

Also, sometimes I train at soccer fields and the goals don’t have nets. The quickplay pro soccer goal becomes the net and allows me to train on bigger nets than my small pug goals.

Final Thoughts

Here is the deal! I have had great experience with these products. Super helpful, durable, and so easy to set up. Not only that but the moment I started implementing them into my training, my athletes started seeing a tremendous increase in their speed, accuracy, and power.

They are running circles around their competition and getting way ahead of boys and girls that they are training with. Their teammates are blown away by the results that they are seeing in practice. And parents are asking how he/she is improving at such a high rate.

I am a trainer that loves seeing my athletes succeed in this way. It is so encouraging to be able to use certain equipment and get so many results from them.

Also, I have done a lot of research when it comes to equipment. I find the best companies with the best quality with the best deals.

My guess is you love seeing your athletes succeed as well! You would like to see the same thing that has happened to my athletes happen with your athletes.

Let’s be honest, you want to be the coach that everyone is talking about whose athletes are succeeding and getting results.

Also, your time is scarce and you want to make sure your equipment lasts you a long time and is quality.

I get it! I was in your shoes a few months ago which is why I did the research for you. I was so tired of getting poor quality equipment that I set out to find what has worked for me.

So there you have it! My best of soccer equipment. This will expand as time goes on because like every coach they always are finding new ways to get quality equipment for their athletes to improve.

Until Next Time!

Creating Overcomers,

Coach Phil


Coach Up ReviewsCoach Phil is the co-founder of SoccerSkillsU.com and a private training coach. He is passionate about coaching young people and helping them to step up their game on the field. His personalized training style helps the student of the game have a seemingly unfair advantage over their opponent. Learn more about Coach Phil on his About Me page or his Soccer Coach Citrus Heights website


 

Brazil Trip Of A Life Time

THE TRIP OF A LIFETIMEBrazil Soccer

 

Have you ever dreamed of taking a trip to a place you never thought would ever be possible?

 

Well, I not only have thought of it… I did it.

 

As a young man in college I took what I called, “the trip of a lifetime”.

 

I have always dreamed of playing soccer against the best of the best and that dream finally came true in 2011.

 

Out of 500+ college young men, I was chosen to be a part of the 16-man roster that our college was sending to Brazil.

 

What?

 

BRAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

 

I am going to Brazil as a young collegiate soccer fanatic? Wow!

 

I mean we are talking about the greatest players that have ever played the game of soccer were from Brazil!

 

Pele

  • 3 World Cups with Brazil
  • 72 goals in 92 games
  • Scored 1,281 goals in his soccer career which is more than any other player in soccer history.
  • 12 world cup goals in 14 games
  • A sensational dribbler with an outstanding show

Ronaldinho

  • The most joy coming from any other player who has played soccer. He always was smiling.
  • 2 FIFA world player of the year awards
  • He had so many creative and insane ball skills of any other player who has played the game. Literally if there was a soccer god, which there is not, he would be it.
  • Scored 33 goals in the 97 games on the Brazilian National Team.

Ronaldo (Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima)

  • 3-time FIFA World Player of the Year (1996, 1997, 2002)
  • Nicknamed “The Phenomenon”
  • Scored 62 goals with Brazil playing in 98 games
  • Made it in the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and Italian Football Hall of Fame. Soccer Free Kicks

 

It was a dream come true for me to be chosen to go to Brazil that is for sure!

 

So, if you love soccer you will really like this story…

 

My 3 biggest highlights of the trip were…

 

Gas Station Soccer Game

 

It all started out with a drive to Atlanta before our long 16 hour flight into Sao Paulo. All 16 of us guys plus 2 coaches crammed ourselves and our luggage into two white twelve passenger Chevy Express vans.

 

The trip already was a hit because when you have 16 college soccer guys in one vehicle, you know that the aroma inside that tight area won’t be sweet smelling perfume…it is not going to smell great at all. (Haha Just Kidding).

 

However, when we got to the Atlanta Airport, we started playing the old “GAS STATION SOCCER GAME” while we waited to board our plane.

 

Now you may be thinking, GAS STATION SOCCER GAME?

 

What is that?

 

The gas station soccer game originated back in 2007 when 16 guys took the same Brazil trip we did. They decided it would be fun to all get in a circle and juggle with a mini soccer ball while waiting patiently for the coaches to get gas and to take a breather from their long ride.

 

Here is the catch though. You only get two touches per juggle. If you went over that amount you lost and left the circle. And if you made a bad touch and it wasn’t playable by another player, you lost as well.

 

This has become an annual tradition with each Brazil trip as each team took traveling breaks and you better believe we were going to keep that tradition alive on this 2011 Brazil trip.

 

We made a spectacle of ourselves at Atlanta international Airport too…All 16 guys circled up again to play THE GAS STATION SOCCER GAME in the middle of the airport. Man it was such a highlight and it improved our touches on the ball tremendously.

 

My number 2 highlight of the trip was…

 

Pick-Up Futsal Games

 

This was a huge highlight of my Brazil trip!

 

If you don’t know what Futsal is, it is a game of soccer played on a basketball type court, with a smaller/harder ball, and a total of 5 players on each team. It is a much faster soccer game and is great for mastering your foot skills. This is how Ronaldhino became such a great dribbler for he was always playing Futsal.

 

If you are from Brazil and you play soccer then you play Futsal. We got to play Futsal in high schools, parks, dirt fields, and even in a jail. Most of the Brazilians actually play in the bare feet.

 

First, the high schools were filled with people who treated you as royalty and wanted to praise you any chance they got. We handed out these cards with our pictures and everyone was begging us for our autographs. I felt like a celebrity even though I was just a simple soccer player from America.

 

In fact, there was this moment in one of the games where a friend of mine hustled to save a ball from going out of bounds and ended up falling into a crowd of girls. Let’s just say we lost him for a while and it took two of our players to literally grab his legs and pull him out of the crowd of girls all while the girls were hanging on him for dear life. The girls literally were freaking out because one of the American soccer players landed on them and they got to touch him.

 

Second, we played Futsal in the parks which were filled with little kids who had no money to buy any shoes, yet they still made most of us look bad on the court with their amazing foot skills. It was kind of sad actually to see some of these kids with nothing and not well taken care of. All they were looking for was someone to talk to them and play with them.

 

Third, we played on dirt fields which seemed to be filled with dirt tornadoes and everywhere you played it felt like you were going through a sandstorm. Not to mention the awful injuries that would happen if you so happened to fall on the ground. This definitely challenged our foot skills since we were so used to playing on a court where you could stop and go and make cuts as you please. The dirt fields were slippery and made it hard to control the ball at times.

 

Finally, and probably the most exciting part of Futsal was to say I played Futsal with a bunch of inmates in jail. Pretty crazy! Huh?

 

The security process we had to go through was extensive, but understandable. I still can’t believe they allowed 16 guys to come in and play Futsal with them on the cement court. Maybe it was because we had an amazing message that we wanted to share with them, the “Good News” that Jesus Christ loves them and gave His life for all who will believe in Him and that He deeply cares about them no matter who they are.

 

Futsal is a big deal everywhere in Brazil. Almost every Brazilian soccer player has played futsal growing up. Brazilians are experts at the Brazilian toe poke which is used in Futsal in many situations. This is where the player literally shoots the ball with his/her toe to have a quicker and more powerful shot.

 

In fact, Pele, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho all grew up playing Futsal and used the toe poke many times, which explains why they are known for their amazing foot skills.

 

I don’t recommend using the toe poke method while in normal cleats in an 11v11 game, but the art of the Brazilian toe poke is pretty sweet when it comes to Futsal!

 

Check out the Futsal toe poke in the this video:

 

Last but not least is my number 3 highlight of the trip…

 

DARED TO EAT CHICKEN HEARTS

 

Growing up I was the pickiest eater!

 

If there was a Guinness World Record holder for the pickiest eater my name might have been at the top of the list.

 

I hated everything but junk. I didn’t eat vegetables. I loved boxed meals all the time and you would never ever see me try anything new.

 

To this day I am a picky eater. Not to the extreme of when I was a child, but I still am picky, however, I have come a long way thanks to my wife.

 

I say all of that to lead you into the day we visited a Churrascaria.

 

What in the world is a Churrascaria?

 

In Brazil, it is known as a Brazilian steakhouse. I mean think of any kind of meat and they will have it at this Brazilian steakhouse. So, basically in the Portugal language it is similar to the American word for Barbecue.

 

Our waiters would bring out different cuts of meat in all different shapes and sizes on these massive metal skewers. They took their knives and cut through the meat as we watch the meat just fall off onto our plate.

 

However, there was this one kind of meat that couldn’t be cut and looked very interesting. It was the size of a quarter and it was in the shape of an oval. I don’t think I ever saw anything like it before. It smelled good but the way it looked was straight up nasty.

 

As we finished our plates and were filled to the brim, one of my soccer buddies picked up this interesting looking meat and dared me to eat it.

 

IT WAS A CHICKEN HEART!

 

Remember, I am a picky eater. I don’t try things that are new. I straight up said, HECK NO!

 

But he wouldn’t take no for an answer. He got the entire team to chant, EAT IT…EAT IT…EAT IT!

 

I mean…I don’t know about you, but when 16+ guys are chanting at you the competitive soccer player in me couldn’t turn down this dare.

 

I would have either been remembered as the player who chickened out (pun intended) or the one who conquered his fears of trying something new.

 

So, I stabbed that chicken heart like my life depended on it, closed my eyes and hoped for the best. The outer layer was pretty tough but as I bit into it juice flowed out and surprisingly it tasted better than what I was expecting.

 

So I guess the moral of the story is…

 

FACE YOUR FEARS

 

This entire trip was a blast and it couldn’t have gone better than it did. Starting with the gas station soccer game tradition to facing my fears eating a chicken heart, I would say this trip was the trip of a lifetime. At least it was for me anyway.

 

So often, people don’t get opportunities like this to travel and make a dream possible. I got that opportunity and can tell you that it changed me in so many ways.

 

As I saw those kids with no shoes and ragged clothes, it gave me a perspective of how blessed I really am.

 

As I went into the jails and saw the inmates, it opened my eyes that soccer can be used to bring people together and have unity even when they are possibly at the lowest points of their lives.

 

And finally as I ate that gross looking, -better than I thought tasting chicken heart- it revealed to me that fear can be faced if we have the courage to face it. You may be afraid while facing the challenge that is set before you but if you can have the courage to face the challenge fear will never stop you.

 

Let me encourage you to leave a comment below and tell me a time when you faced your fears and became an overcomer!

 

If you can’t think of a time when you have faced your fears maybe I can help you with that. If so, feel free to contact me and let’s talk about it. I would love the opportunity of helping you through what ever you might be going through.

 

Producing Overcomers!

 

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