Soccer isn’t just a game. It’s mental. It’s scientific. It’s community-based. From getting into the head of your opponent to making your way into the hearts of those in your neighborhood, the sport unites in a multitude of ways. View the videos to get a behind-the-scenes look at our partnership.
Tifo – the artistic support for the home team – is full of passion, SNHU associate dean Sloan Kelly tells KICK host and SNHU student Heath Pearce. The signs, the logos, the songs – they all speak to the depth of love fans have for both their favorite clubs and the game of soccer.
It’s not the soccer game we grew up with. Through data collection, players “can actually improve their game,” Dr. Gwen Britton, executive director of STEM programs at SNHU, tells KICK host and SNHU student Heath Pearce. Analytics opens up more possibilities for statisticians in sports.
It’s critical to design a video game that’s as realistic as the beautiful game itself. For a gamer to have the best experience, “you want to make sure it looks like that character,” Edward Brillant, SNHU game development instructor, shares with KICK host and SNHU student Heath Pearce.
A goalkeeper has 0.08 of a second to make a decision on how to stop a penalty kick, Dr. Michael Hendery, SNHU’s psychology chairman, told former MLS player Calen Carr. Years of training plus split-second information processing can help pull out a win.
Soccer mirrors much of what sociology studies, Dr. Frank Catano, SNHU’s social sciences chairman, told former MLS player Calen Carr. Both players and members of society have identities, skills and ways they interact that tell us where we belong and how to play off one another.
Embarrassing an opponent by kicking a ball through his legs (i.e., the nutmeg) may actually lead to a succession of triumphs, according to Dr. Doug Blais, sport management professor at SNHU. But, as he warns former MLS player Calen Carr, it’s a risky move only soccer’s most confident players can pull off.
"There's math all over the place in soccer,” Dr. Pamela Cohen, SNHU’s math chairwoman, told former MLS player Calen Carr. From the curve (aka parabola) of a kicked ball to the rigidness of playing in triangles on the field, math factors in every aspect of the game.
Soccer teaches children "to develop a work ethic, sportsmanship, teamwork," according to Yawkey Boys & Girls Club executive director Andrea Swain. And now, thanks to Major League Soccer and Southern New Hampshire University's 20 for 20 Mini-Pitch Initiative, children at the Roxbury, MA, club can kick, pass and score on a new mini-pitch.
We partnered with the New York Red Bulls, After-School All-Stars, U.S. Soccer Foundation, Newark Public Schools, adidas and MLS WORKS to create a new safe place to play at George Washington Carver School. In addition, we were able to send some George Washington Carver School students to a New York Red Bulls game.