English coaches teach campers ‘football’
Anthony Santucci, 6, of Norridge boots the ball during a scoring drill at the Challenger British Soccer Camp which was held at the Norridge Park District earlier this month. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 28, 2012 10:04AM
Although soccer is popular in the United States, it’s not the national sport like it is in England and other parts of the world.
So a couple of British guys came to Norridge to teach kids about soccer — which they call “football” back home — during a weeklong camp at the Norridge Park District in June.
Each day they went over foot skills, shooting drills, scrimmages, as well as a World Cup tournament where small teams represented different countries around the world.
Asked whether there’s a particular British style of ball playing versus an American style, Coach Liam Irving said, “It’s our national sport. We play it more.”