My 11-A-Side Team
As the season is to start very shortly, and in the mould of The Green One's 5--A-Side team thread, I thought I'd detail the team I will be on this fall, our results, etc.
My High School side (I'm 15, second year of four before college) begins play on thursday, with a game against regional side West Plains. We play 22-25 games, with it all rounding off November 1st with the District Play-offs.
Our team has many problems facing us ahead of this season, many off the pitch, that could hinder a very promising side's progress.
First off, our school is in poor economic shape. We only got enough players to put together a football side two years ago, and we've struggled to provide appropriate supplies ever since. One problem facing us is with the money to purchase uniforms and warm-ups for our side. We've ended up having to use kits from the past that we will not be able to keep. Another problem is our training facility. We train at a park in the middle of what many might refer to as the "Ghetto," as it's the only location available to our team due to the financial troubles facing the school. The park has a history of gang problems, and the homes surrounding it are not the most inviting. There is no track to run on, so instead we have to run laps around the park, which typically ends up very dangerous due to a large portion of where we run having many potholes. The field itself is not in the worst shape, but still has many problems, like thin, patchy grass, nothing but dirt on the corner spots, and an uneven pitch.
After training on it for 3 weeks (max amount of time allowed for training with coach before season begins) it's amazing we haven't had any serious injuries. The only one suffered is someone snapping tendons and that was off the pitch, so we've done remarkably well.
Despite all of these problems, we've still managed to put together a solid, youthful team that stands a chance of reversing our bad past record, and doing relatively well. The core of our team is in their third year, and still has another year to go next year.
With the experience we gain this year, by the time next year rolls around it could be a very very good team that we're sending out.
Now to the details of the team:
GK - Ariel - 3rd Year: Never played goalkeeper until he arrived at our school, he's made remarkable improvement, largely due to a very good goalkeeping instructor our coach somehow got us. With his tutelage he's made great improvements in his play. A very aggressive keeper, although slightly short, he's good at claiming crosses and at one on one situations, although sometimes drops or lets in shots that shouldn't otherwise go in.
Left Back - Craig - 1st Year: You may know him as premleague1438 from Xtratime. He's the only Freshman on our squad, and is a very good addition. Although poor at dealing with long passes in the air, his overall height and leg length makes him a pain to get past at the back. Good knowledge of the game, great speed, and a decent touch and passing ability make him a good player.
Sweeper - Panfilo - 3rd Year - Very fast sweeper, great dribbling skills, and a good passer of the ball with a great shot, he's one of our best players. Solid at sweeper, he can also move up to stopper should the need arise. Great header of the ball, keeps a cool head. Can't really be run past.
Stopper - Jessie - 3rd Year - Not the quickest, but always seems to get to the ball. Can be run past, but is usually given good enough cover by Pan that it's alright. Good on the ball, clears well.
Right Back - Julio - 2nd Year - Quick, passes well, although dwells on it a bit much at the back. Good positionally, although he'll likely need help from our right wing or stopper in dealing with really talented players.
Left Wing - Isaac (me) - 2nd Year - I'm not the quickest off the ball, but on it I can be quite a nuisance. I run at people very well at pace, and have a good enough arsenal of tricks to slick my way past a guy if I need. Good enough shot, I can time my runs alright, pass well, and even though I'm on my weaker foot I usually can get in good crosses from the left. Not the best defender, however, and sometimes I try to be too tricky.
Defensive Centre Mid - Chris - 3rd Year - A fast player with a terriffic right footed shot and a great range of passing. However, for some reason is hesitant to shoot much of the time, and doesn't get stuck into many tackles.
Attacking Centre Mid - Zach - 3rd Year - Our captain, this short, fiesty little player is the heart of our team. Very fast, good on the ball, and an amazing talent of passing and shooting, he'll lead us much of the time. A problem is his tendency to curse and get booked, as he gained 7 yellows and 1 red last season for cursing. Just why this is a problem I'll detail later.
Right Wing - Mike - 3rd Year - Pacy wing, good crosser, great at getting in the box and scoring. Not to mention has a really really hot girlfriend. Can get back and defend, but is injury prone. He'll struggle to stay fit.
Striker - Herson - 3rd Year - Part 1 of our great Hispanic strikeforce, Herson is our moustached little man with a great shot. He links well with Tobi, and is quick enough to get onto through balls. Good passer, although sometimes takes shots when he should be looking to pass, and vice versa.
Striker - Tobi - 3rd Year - The second half, Tobi scores bags of goals in a tandem with Herson. Fast, good finisher, although overly tricky, and is too selfish on the ball a lot of the time. Should score bags of goals, however.
Now there's a weird rule here where if you receive 10 yellows as a team then your coach is suspended for a game. This is a problem as we don't have enough players for an assistant, so we'd have to forfeit our match. It's BS, but that's Missouri rules.
We should be good this year, and really good next year as we gel.