15 Responses to Cheering, Crying, Burbling — Watch this Great Video!

  1. Miriam May 12, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    This is an AWESOME video!!! The most impressive part to me is that they built the first playing area themselves!! Wow!

  2. Crystal May 12, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    I love it!

  3. Powers May 12, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Great story… but I’m really surprised no one stepped on a nail or had his bare foot crushed by a cleat. =)

  4. lollipoplover May 12, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this video!
    Words cannot express what a beautiful sight it is to see children passionate and capable. In our soccer obsessed household, my kids are going to flip when they see this video.

  5. Coccinelle May 12, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    I really don’t cry often but It honestly made me cry. I will share it with everyone I know! Thanks!

  6. Lynda May 12, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Loved it, thanks for sharing!

    Funny, Powers. I took it as a given while watching it that someone stepped on a nail at least once.. and then recovered and they learned to be more careful.

  7. Papilio May 12, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    Hahaha – aawww, that was nice. I do wonder though what they had to demolish to make room for that new field…!

    So the Curmudgeon is all cheered up again? Did you have a World’s Worst Mother’s day to help with that? :P

  8. anonymous this time May 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    The key to their success? Intrinsic motivation. No adult coach. No parents insisting they do this. Not even snazzy uniforms, until they’d already set their goal and were prepared to accomplish it with what they had. The children led the adults, who said it couldn’t be done.

    Splendid. And true.

    Let’s trust kids more.

  9. Peter May 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Soccer Law #4 prohibits playing without shoes, socks, and shin guards. If that were a legitimate tournament, the referee would not have let the team onto the field barefoot and bare-legged. So I think perhaps some liberties were taken in this story, or in the execution of that soccer tournament. Still, it’s a pretty cool story.

  10. hineata May 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    @Peter – the tournament was played in a third world country thirty years ago. I can’t imagine the organiser would have been too pedantic :-) ….

    I loved it, especially the cute scene where they keep going 0ff the side of the platform to get the ball. Almost makes me nostalgic for the Malaysian ‘street’ games we used to watch every evening. Always some poor sap in the deep and filthy drain/creek getting the ball. And no one played in shoes :-) .

  11. Darreby May 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Just shared it widely!

  12. Allison May 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Thanks for posting this. I’m a school teacher, and I’m often encouraging my students to go out and just MAKE something on their own. I also teach a Sports Literature class, and I think those students will get a kick out of this.

  13. lollipoplover May 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    @Peter-
    Beach Blast is one of the largest East Coast youth soccer tournaments and shoes are forbidden. Games are played on the beach, barefoot.

  14. Yocheved May 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    My sensory seeking little free-ranger LOVES going outside in the rain. Barefoot, no coat, no hat. I get crap for it all the time. I even had a neighbor threaten to call CPS on me once.

    Fun fact: You cannot get sick from the rain. Colds come from GERMS, they don’t fall from the sky!

  15. Elizabeth May 14, 2014 at 2:17 am #

    It’s interesting that you LOVED this, even though it’s just as fake as the refrigerator box commercial that you HATED because it was too fake.
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