Soccer in Koh Samui

Samui Football Arena

Samui Football Arena

When we were in Koh Samui, I really wanted to play soccer. My Dad heard of a soccer field that had practices for kids. It was difficult to find because the directions were not very good.

When we found it, it was closed. We went inside to see when they would be open. We found the dates when the practices started.

There were two fields: one in the front facing you when you walked in and one sideways at the back. Both of the fields were turf fields. The nets where smaller then at home on the fields. The fields were surrounded with nets and a roof with no walls. Outside of the edges of the fields, there were concrete slabs. My Dad says that these fields are for a type of soccer called “Futsal”.

Warming up with some other kids

Warming up with some other kids

A couple of days later I went to a soccer practice. There was an older practice (U12-U16) and a younger practise (up to U11). I went to the younger kid’s practice. My Dad and I got there early by one and a half hours, because we wanted to warm-up. When we got there, there was no where to warm-up. We went to the far field and I asked a Thai boy if I could play. He said that this field was for warming up before practice. I warmed up at the beginning by myself. Then I warmed up with daddy. The warming up was great because I haven’t practiced like that in almost five months.

Some older kids showed up and we played a game of three-on-three. It was a lot of fun.

Younger group practice

Younger group practice

When it was time, we went to the other field to do the actual practice. The kids in the practice were smaller except for one kid. They weren’t very strong soccer players.

The coach made the practice easy for me. We did stuff like bobbles and a tiny bit of juggling. Then we went on to dribbling with different feet.

Younger group game

Younger group game

Next was the scrimmage. The scrimmage had small nets. I thought that they were too small, even though it was a tiny field. Some bigger kids also joined in. I was the only one to score a goal on the small net with a keeper guarding it.

When we were driving back, it seemed like a long drive from the arena to our hotel. It was only fifteen minutes away, but it seems like much longer on the back of a scooter. The traffic in Ko Samui is crazy.

When we went the second time, I went with the younger group again. This time I did not warm-up that much before practice. We only warmed up for about five minutes. When we started practice, there was three jerk kids who kept behaving very poorly. The coaches were less focused on practice, so the practice was more laid back. The coaches had to spend more time with the kids that were misbehaving. Still, the scrimmage was fun. The other team had the coach as a defender our team still won like 5-1. I got most of the goals.

Older group practice

Older group practice

Next time I went to practice, I went with the older group. They were all big… like fifteen years old big💂.
We were practicing. Then we all played scrimmage. It was really fun. I also made some friends. One was local the other one was from England. Both of my friends were on my team. The team played a round robin mini-tournament and our team won! At the end of the practice we stretched for a bit.

Running for the ball

Running for the ball

Now for the block...

Now for the block…

Me and my mates...

Me and my mates…

One of the last days we were in Ko Samui, I really wanted to try this thing called “Soccer Golf”.
Emma, my Dad and I went to check it out. When we got there, we decided to give it a go.

Teeing off

Teeing off

We walked into the building and bought tickets for the three of us. Then we all grabbed a ball and went onto the course. The first hole was easy. You just kicked a ball into a hole. There was 18 holes in all and I new they would get harder and harder.

The holes had all kinds of obstacles. They had nets, trees, big hills, bushes, golden coconuts, even big pits. Each hole was unique. All of them had trees and hills. They all had a unique shape to them. The scores were the same as in golf.

Looking down the fairway

Looking down the fairway

Next hole...

Next hole…

I was the one that won. The staff of the place took our pictures on a podium. I held a World Cup. My Dad held a similar trophy but it was smaller. Emma had a broken watering can. Then we went back to the hotel.

The winner's podium

The winner’s podium

IT WAS SO FUN!

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