March 12, 2011 § 1 Comment
i played futbol cinco, also called futbol sala, for the first time. it’s a 5 vs. 5 version of futbol (hence the ‘cinco’) that is played on a small, concrete field (hence the ‘sala). the bola is slightly different, perhaps a bit smaller and heavier than the one used for futbol grande. there are no keepers. to make up for this, the scoring touch must take place in an area in front of goal enclosed by a painted half-circle line.
in so few words, think of basketball meeting soccer. the game is mas rapido, with a premium placed on ball control (i.e. trickeration) and accurate passing. and goodness, it’s beautiful to watch and hard to play.
my first game was a physical expression of being lost in the spanish language. i didn’t understand the tempo, how to relate to my teammates, and in effect, rendered speechless. how primitive and undeveloped my notions of expression! but, the beauty of immersion and persistence provides the opportunity to learn and adapt. while far from fluid, i improved my play in each match. and perhaps with practice, i’ll be able to speak these languages. fluently.