Before coming to Spain, our family primarily followed football and baseball. We enjoyed soccer, mostly because our daughter plays it. And of course, we were aware of famous names such as David Beckham, Mia Hamm, and Pele. However, nothing quite prepared us for the obsession the Spanish have with soccer (or futbal in Spain). Sure, Spanish people play other sports. In fact basketball is popular and a lot of kids play tennis. But, futbal trumps everything and all the country's resources go towards supporting it. For Spanish boys, futbal skills are cultivated early. They can rise through the ranks of the club teams to maybe one day reach the Spanish pinnacle: La Liga.
Sally and her family moved to Spain for a year from July 2017 - July 2018. They lived in a little town called Puzol, which is about 20km north of Valencia. Her kids, Carson and Celia, attended the American School of Valencia, an International School located in Puzol. The goal for the whole family was to experience another way of life, and learn Spanish.