He could not have been placed on a more perfect team. His coach is absolutely wonderful; he's so so patient & always comes up with fun new games to teach certain skills. And more importantly, Liam seems to love all the boys on his team. They are group of adorable blondies who like to do spontaneous "kid cheers" throughout the games. One boy in particular has absolutely no regard for personal space, just like Liam, so the hugs & wrestling is endless between the two.
By the end of the season, Liam had nailed his corner kicks & throw ins! He typically got a goal or two each game, and always threw his hands up in the air right after - victory! It was incredible to watch how all the boys improved week after week, and by the final game there was actually quite a bit of passing & teamwork happening, which is quite impressive for a group of 4 & 5 year olds!
While Conor & I were often beaming with pride, the games were also filled with plenty of laughter & a bit of anxiety. Liam spends plenty of time on the ground... He quickly learned the art of the "flop"; we're working on that. Other times, a kid would be all alone, right in front of the goal, and still manage to miss the shot. Oh the tension, the anxiety! It's thrilling. Seriously, 4 year old soccer is thrilling! I hope to always enjoy Liam's games this much. And he seemed to love them too! There was only one game where we played a much bigger, much older (orange) team, and Liam was getting super frustrated with them taking the ball from him when he was near the goal. I even heard him shout out "Stop it! Stop it Orange!" He's even adorable in his most frustrated moment!