American Soccer Families Are Staying In The Game While At Home And Expect A Return To The Fields This Summer

the nation’s leading soccer-specialty retailer, today announced the results of a recent nationwide survey to understand parents’ perceptions of how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting youth soccer participation and engagement. The results indicate that the majority of youth players are staying actively engaged in the sport while at home and that most parents expect their kids’ teams and leagues to resume play by August 2020.COVID-19 Impact on Youth Soccer

“As young soccer players and their parents adjust to the reality of necessary restrictions, it’s clear that their commitment to and passion for the sport remains strong. Players are finding ways to train at home and connect with their teams virtually,” said Brian Berklich, Chief Marketing Officer at SOCCER.COM. 

81% of youth players are training at home

Though currently unable to play with their teams on the field, youth soccer players are staying active at home. When parents were asked how their kids are staying in the game,81% responded that their kids are training at home63% shared that their kids are connecting with their teammates digitally29% reported that their kids are watching rebroadcasts of classic matches29% stated that their kids are playing soccer video games

Greg Dale, Director of Sports Psychology at Duke University, says that staying connected with teammates is helpful for youth soccer players. “Young players need that connection with each other, and it’s important that they actually see each other virtually and interact,” added Dale, “If you feel a sense of community with others, you’re going to be more motivated.”

80% of parents expect youth soccer to resume by August 2020.

Despite the current uncertainty due to the pandemic, most parents anticipate that play will resume in 2020.61% believe youth soccer will resume in their area by July 202080% believe youth soccer will resume in their area by August 202093% believe youth soccer will resume in their area by September 2020

The outlook for participation once play resumes is positive.

Almost all parents surveyed (94%) expect that it is somewhat to very likely that their children will continue playing soccer once youth soccer organizations and leagues resume play. Only 5% are somewhat to very unlikely to resume.

When play does return, 73% of respondents think it’s somewhat to very important for spectators to follow social distancing on the sidelines. Nearly half (47%) expect spectators to wear masks.

About the poll

The SOCCER.COM survey was conducted via an online questionnaire from April 17 to 22, 2020 with 1,437 U.S. Youth soccer parents who have made a youth soccer purchase at SOCCER.COM.


Founded in 1984, SOCCER.COM (part of Sports Endeavors, Inc.) is a family-owned and operated business based in Hillsborough, NC. After beginning as a high-school class project, today the company is the world’s largest soccer-specialty retailer. The SOCCER.COM team connects fellow players, fans, coaches and parents to the beautiful game by offering the gear, expertise and inspiration they need to play better, cheer louder and, most importantly, have more fun. The company is committed to growing the game at a grassroots level and outfits thousands of youth soccer clubs nationwide.

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Poker Masters Online Update: Elias Talvitie Scoops Largest Prize So Far

The Poker Masters is underway on partypoker with five events of a jam-packed 30 event schedule already completed. In total almost $5 million in prize money has been won by some of the biggest names on the High Roller scene, with several players already putting themselves into contention to win the coveted purple jacket and the $50,000 that comes with it.Elias Talvitie Wins Poker Masters Event #1 for $481,250 

Elias Talvitie

The first of seven $25,500 buy-in tournaments on the Poker Masters schedule attracted 55 players this past Sunday with several big names in attendance. They included Kahle Burns, Dan Smith, Justin Bonomo, Steve O’Dwyer, Fedor Holz, Laszlo Bujtas and David Peters to name but a few.

Just seven places were paid, with Canada’s Timothy Adams falling just short of the money. In the end it was Finland’s Elias Talvitie who secured victory in the first event of the festival, defeating Sergi Reixach heads-up for $481,250.Final Table Results Place Player Country Payout 1 Elias Talvitie Finland $481,250 2 Sergi Reixach United Kingdom $323,125 3 Ole Schemion Austria $206,250 4 Sam Greenwood Canada $123,750 5 Michael Addamo United Kingdom $96,250 6 Chris Hunichen Costa Rica $79,063 7 Juan Pardo United Kingdom $65,313 Tobias Ziegler Wins Poker Masters Event #02 for $190,249 

Tobias Ziegler

A total of 55 players entered the second event of the Poker Masters, with Germany’s Tobias Ziegler coming out on top. This is the first pot-limit Omaha tournament of the festival, and Ziegler defeated James Akenhead heads-up to win $190,249. Akenhead would have to settle for $123,750 for his second-place finish.Final Table Results Place Player Country Payout 1 Tobias Ziegler Germany $190,249 2 James Akenhead United Kingdom $123,750 3 Espen Myrmo Norway $66,000 4 Matthew Kirk Bahamas $49,500 5 Ola Amundsgaard Norway $35,750 6 Kai Erik Juhani Lehto Finland $24,750

Follow the Poker Masters on partypokerAlex Foxen Wins Poker Masters Event #03 for $309,678 

Alex Foxen

It wouldn’t be a high roller tournament festival without a big name getting in on the action, and they don’t come much bigger than GPI #1 ranked player Alex Foxen. He took down Event #3 for $309,678, enough to top the overall leaderboard after the first day’s play.

Foxen defeated a tough final table featuring Adrian Mateos, Conor Beresford, Timothy Adams and Ali Imsirovic before defeating Artur Martirosian heads-up to secure victory.Final Table Results 1 Alex Foxen Canada $309,678 2 Artur Martirosian Russia $193,050 3 Adrian Mateos United Kingdom $118,800 4 Conor Beresford United Kingdom $86,625 5 Timothy Adams Canada $61,875 6 Ali Imsirovic Mexico $42,075 Mike Watson Wins Poker Masters Event #04 for $249,900 

Mike Watson

Mike Watson took down Event #4, securing a Canadian one-two in the process, as Sam Greenwood had to settle for second place. This was Greenwood’s second final table of the festival, after his fourth-place finish in Event #1 and it brings his total earnings for the festival to over $300,000.Final Table Results Place Player Country Payout 1 Mike Watson Canada $249,900 2 Sam Greenwood Canada $178,500 3 Jorryt van Hoof United Kingdom $127,500 4 Orpen Kisacikoglu United Kingdom $89,250 5 Wiktor Malinowski Germany $66,300 6 Karim Khayat Lebanon $51,000 7 Patrick Leonard United Kingdom $40,800 8 Pauli Ayras Finland $33,150 Andras Nemeth Wins Poker Masters Event #05 for $259,629 

Andras Nemeth

The fifth event of the series was another $10,300, with big names Fedor Holz and Dan Shak both making it to the final table.

Orpen Kisacikoglu notched up his second final table of the festival so far, joining Sam Greenwood as the only player to final table two tournaments this Poker Masters, but Kisacikoglu just missed out on the title as Andras Nemeth secured victory.

The Hungarian adds $259,629 to the €325,423 he earned after his runner-up finish in the Irish Open Online Main Event just one day earlier.Final Table Results Place Player Country Payout 1 Andras Nemeth Hungary $259,629 2 Orpen Kisacikoglu United Kingdom $161,850 3 Eelis Parssinen Finland $99,600 4 Fedor Holz Germany $72,625 5 Dan Shak Poland $51,875 6 Sami Kelopuro Finland $35,275 Big Winners So Far

Alex Foxen leads the way in the points standings after the first five events of the Poker Masters. Talvitie’s win has him ranked second, with Nemeth right behind him in third before a bit of a gap to Greenwood in fourth.

Here’s the full standings through five events: agen poker online