Where should parents sit at soccer games?

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Where should parents sit at soccer games?

where parents should sit at soccer games.

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Where you should place your chairs at the game is determined by whether you are the home team parents or the away team parents.  HOME  team parents are expected to place their seats to the LEFT OF THE CENTER LINE, and the AWAY team parents should place their chairs to the RIGHT of the center line.

Why?

Home field advantage.  The ARs (Assistant Referee or linesman) run the sideline to the right of the center line.  Those who’ve placed their chairs to the right of the center line have a view that can be OBSTRUCTED at times by the linesman.

Depending on what league your kids play in, your fees can run into the thousands of dollars. Those are expensive seats you’ve paid for, and you deserve an UNobstructed view of your child’s home games.

Waiting for the Next Game

It’s common for parents to line up their chairs behind the parents of the previous game.  If you’re waiting – be patient.  After the game, the kids may run down the sideline giving the parents a high-five, or may walk out to the center of the field for a final wave.  Respect the club or team tradition.

However, if you’re the exiting parents, be conscientious of the incoming parents and don’t stand on the sideline chit-chatting.  If anything, fold up your chairs and step 5 feet out onto the field, so the next group of parents can set up.

As always, if you’re the parents waiting – chill out. It’s not the end of the world if you have to wait 5 extra minutes while they previous games parents locate the nearest Dairy Queen.

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Once the Game is Over…

Chances are, one of the teams lost.  Many times, your game may have been heated.  Separating the parents on the sideline keeps things from getting too contentious, but sometimes there’s one parent who wants to take it too far.  Regardless, once the game is over, it’s over.  No need to carry on.  Pack up your crap and head to Dairy Queen.

No matter how bad the game was, a Blizzard will make everything better.

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About Author

Mike Slatton is a 2nd generation American youth soccer coach since 1984, and the son of one of the nation's first female licensed youth soccer coaches (Anita Slatton, 1978). He's also a professional soccer scout, a player since 1977, and the father of three adult and teenage children who all play or have played the game. "My job as a youth soccer coach is to develop detail oriented problem solvers who can react quickly under pressure. This relates to life - not just soccer."

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