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Why Artificial Grass is Better For Sports Venues

Artificial grass are becoming a popular choice for sports venues all over the country.  Scientists have made big improvements to artificial turf.  It’s no longer the yucky green plastic that used to cover indoor sports stadiums.  Today, outdoor artificial turf is hard to distinguish from real grass.
Aside from looks, there are 5 big benefits to having artificial turf:

  1. Artificial Grass can come in any size, large or small.

An artificial turf isn’t just for tiny areas or giant sports fields.  Outdoor artificial turf can be installed anywhere you need it – whether you have a small yard, or you need to redo an entire park.

2. Outdoor artificial turf does not require any upkeep.

If you feel like you spend more time maintaining your yard than actually enjoying it, an artificial turf lawn may be perfect for you.  Once it’s installed, an artificial turf lawn does no need any mowing, watering, fertilizing, sodding, or seeding.  With artificial lawns, you can start enjoying the outdoors – instead of maintaining them!

3. Artificial lawns can save you thousands of dollars. 

Because it doesn’t need to be maintained, an artificial turf lawn can save you thousands of dollars in water bills and lawn equipment.  After all, artificial lawns do not need to be watered.  Every time you water your grass, you are using hundreds of gallons of water.  Think of all the money you could save by installing outdoor artificial turf!

4. An artificial turf lawn lasts longer than natural grass. 

Outdoor artificial turf will not die from the scorching heat of the summer or from the frigid cold of the winter.  Since artificial grass can hold its own against the elements, it lasts longer than natural grass.

5. Artificial lawns are safer than natural grass.

Since outdoor artificial turf is much more flat than natural grass, you and your kids are not as likely to trip when you’re running on it.  And, many turf manufacturers will install infill with your artificial grass.  Infill is tiny pieces of either sand or rubber

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Getting the right fit for your soccer cleats

The single most important factor that determines your performance on the field is how well you can kick and control the ball. However, something as simple as ill-fitting soccer cleats can cause all sorts of problems. Something just won’t feel right. Strikes and shots will deviate slightly from your intended path. Here are some tips from Soccer Garage on how to get the right pair of cleats for your feet:

Fit

The general fit of soccer shoes should be a nice snug fit. For optimal feel you want your foot to feel the direct impact when you touch the ball. Any gaps between your feet and your soccer footwear is not acceptable. A good rule of thumb is to buy a pair of soccer shoes that are one size smaller than your regular shoes. However, only follow this if it holds true for you.

Preparation

When going shopping for soccer footwear, take a pair of soccer socks along. Avoid wearing the socks that they hand out at footwear stores. You will want to take a pair of socks that are the same type that you wear for practice and games. Any other pair and you risk getting a different fit once you get home or out on the field.

Sizing

Start with your regular shoe size and work your way lower one size at a time. Test each size by looking for space between your foot and the shoes. However, don’t go so snug that you find it uncomfortable to walk around.

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Brendan Rodgers: Newcastle right not to sack Pardew

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the decision of Newcastle club owner Mike Ashley for not sacking club manager Alan Pardew. Newcastle fans had been recently calling for the dismissal of Pardew for having done 26 league games in a row with only five victories.

The Magpies have however, recently come back to force by winning their last three games which included away wins against Tottenham and Manchester City. Rodgers believe that for this reason, Newcastle was right to persevere with Pardew.

The Liverpool manager further spoke about Newcastle by giving credit to the directors for not putting so much pressure on Pardew. He knows the pressure that you receive when you are not winning games and that can be hard to handle.

Pardew has over 700-odd games in his career and has been able to get the team to pick with an outstanding performance against Manchester City. He has brought in young players and is hoping to get their performance to improve.

As for Liverpool, five absentees are expected for future games. Ex-Manchester United left-back Jose Enrique has a knee issue and this made him miss the Red’s winning match against Swansea on Saturday. Jon Flanagan, Suso, Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho remain sidelined.

Liverpool has entered an important week in the season with a travel to Madrid for the Champions League and home match against Chelsea in the Premier League. Rodgers, who has recently received nine transfers for this season, affirmed that he would have to develop strength within the team.

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Johan Cruyff Not Happy About Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or Win

Johan Cruyff has recently voiced out that he found it “absurd” that Real player Cristiano Ronaldo has won the coveted Ballon d’Or award. This feeling is brought by the player’s performance while playing for Portugal at last year’s World Cup in Brazil. A former Holland player, Cruyff had landed that prize for three years and two of them were consecutive in 1971, 1973 and 1974. He feels that the trophy should have rewarded a player who not only excelled individually but who also contributed to bringing his team to a successful World Cup performance. As such, he believes that Toni Kroos would have been more apt to deserve the award.

In a column attributed to him in De Telegraaf, the Netherlands legend wrote that this prestigious football award depends on a combination of individual talent and achievements. He further added that considering this point of view, it is “absurd” that a player be given this award for the second consecutive year while his performance was not excellent and his team did not win the most trophies.

Cruyff compared the situation to 2013 when even though Bayern Munich had won almost every trophies, Ronaldo had still won the Ballon d’Or instead of a Bayern player. Now in 2014, Kroos played exceptionally well and was contributory to his team winning the World Cup and yet his name does not feature on the the final three nominees. Cruyff further added that Ronaldo’s performance was almost anonymous at last year’s World Cup. He even admitted that he would not be taking this Fifa award seriously anymore.

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How to Prepare for Playing Soccer in Cold Weather

Summary: Climate should never hold you back from doing what you love. During the autumn and winter months the colder weather can make it tougher to play soccer outside. However, with the proper equipment, this should not be a problem. 

Accessories

When out in the cold weather it is smart to keep warm. Accessories like beanies and knitted gloves will help keep your ears and fingers from freezing when running around. Make sure they are thick enough to keep your body warm but also breathable enough to allow moisture to dry.

Additionally, packing an umbrella or blanket to use when you are not on the field will limit the amount of moisture or cold weather that will come into contact with your body. If you do not wish to wear gloves, disposable hand warmers could be beneficial when you are not playing. Read More

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Goalkeeping tips for beginners

It might look easy, but goalkeeping is one of the hardest roles in a soccer team. A good goalkeeper is the last line of defense for his team, as well as an important part of its leadership. When you put on your goalkeeping gear, your objective is more than just to save goals. It is to help your team outwit and outplay the opposition.

Here are some tips and tricks to become an effective goalkeeper: Read More

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How to Become an All Star Youth Soccer Coach

Learn how to become an excellent youth soccer coach.

youth-soccer-coachBeing a coach for a youth soccer team is not just about making sure your team wins games. You’ll need to act as a role model, a sports coach and someone who assists in the personal development of the kids you work with. It’s your job to make sure that you’ve done more than just order soccer uniforms and this guide will provide you with the skills and inspiration you need to remain focused and dedicated to your work. Read More