Soccer has been a big adjustment here in Singapore. Aside from all the new terms (pitch, kits, and boots) the training is not near as demanding as in the US. I signed up Robert for the ANZA (Australian New Zealand Association) soccer club hearing that it was one of the better clubs here in Sing. He plays on a recreational team and he also tried out and made one of the competitive teams. Some key differences are practice (not mandatory) and parents (too nice). For the recreational team all 6 U14 teams come together for a joint practice once a week. So far, Robert has been one of about 15 kids that actually come to practice. The competitive team also practices once a week, but as a team. Needless to say, it’s hard to expect much improvement when practices are not mandatory and only once a week. As you can see in the pictures, Robert is having a blast and in the end that’s all that matters. Could hanging around all these nice, positive parents be rubbing off on me?