“Bored” no More: Fútbol and Family This Summer

“Bored” no More: Fútbol and Family This Summer

Getting active as a family with fútbol gets everyone pumped for a winning season.


For moms, summer is the season of contradiction. If you’re anything like me, you love the longer days and much-needed break from alarm clocks, morning rushes and school projects. At least on paper, you revel in the endless “free” time – an abundance of hours to plan and execute those outdoor activities you dreamed about all winter.

But the summer is a double-edged sword. Again, if we’re anything alike, you miss the familiar structure of the school year. Summer “break” is not a break at all, at least not for us parents. An entire two months off of school, away from after-school activities, and far from anything that resembles a routine is hectic and joyful, exhausting and blissful.

Mamás, I feel you. And being the (over)planner I am, I’m already brainstorming ways to keep my brood active come June.

Oh, did I say June? Because guess what? The year’s biggest torneo de fútbol is June 3-26! The timing could not be more perfect for my fútbol fanatics. WE ARE SO EXCITED! By day, I’ll keep them active with soccer-inspired activities, and by night, we’ll stay up late to watch every game.

This year, channel the fútbol season with me: Embrace the chaos and seize the summer.

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Banish Boredom with Soccer-inspired Activity
Fútbol is a huge deal in my family. If there’s a game on – any game, any country – my husband is probably half-watching, if not completely glued to the screen. As my son learned to talk, he also learned to scream goooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!! In fact, for a few years, he even thought the word for “ball” was “gol,” as in, “Mommy, pass me the gol!”

It’s safe to say that our free time often revolves around soccer, so it won’t be much of a stretch to pad my kids’ summer days with fútbol drills, fancy footwork and goal practice. All we need is a ball, a few orange cones and lots of cold water. To inspire your own mini-team, set up a few soccer drills and games in your backyard.

If your team gets tired of drills and practice, invite the neighborhood over for a pickup game!

Watch the Games
Okay, so this is the part where I admit that soccer drills are really just a bid to tire my kids out. (And guarantee I get some exercise, too.) And while we do love backyard soccer, what we’re really excited for is the tournament. Yep, we’ve already printed out the schedule and stocked up on face paint (yes, we’re that family).

When our team plays (oeeee, oe oe oe, ticos, ticoooos!), you’d better bet we’ll be making a party of it. It’s like the Super Bowl – but every night! And if I have any energy left, I may even whip out some food and décor.

Now You Tell me: What do you have planned for this summer (and this fútbol season)?


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