Second Soccer Season

Second Soccer Season

This past fall, Lyra completed her second soccer season.  While she enjoyed the excitement and her success in moments like in the pictures above,  overall, it was not a great soccer season.  It was more discouraging and depressing.  And unfortunately, there were many more moments like in this next picture, than the ones above.  🙁


The soccer teams she played with this time were a lot more competitive compared to her first season.  Lyra played on the team for kids ages 6 and under, but because of when her birthday is, she was one of the youngest ones on her team.  Plus, she is tiny for her age.  So from the very start,  she struggled to keep up with her team mates.  When she did manage to get up into the action, she was easily frustrated and seemed disoriented with all of the fast movement.  She would often respond to that frustration by acting out.  She would ignore her coach, walk off the field, and a few times, be mean to her teammates. Consequently, she wasn’t the most popular player on the team.

We are still unsure about what to do next.  We don’t want her to get turned off of soccer or sports altogether!  She really enjoys playing soccer with her big brother at home.  One option we are considering, is seeing if they would allow Lyra to play on the 6 and under team for another year.  She is small anyway, so most people wouldn’t even notice and because she doesn’t turn 7 until May, I doubt most of the kids would notice the age difference.  I don’t think this is an unreasonable request and it might allow her to enjoy playing soccer and participate more fully?

I think what’s bothered me the most about this disappointing soccer season, was that of all the sports out there, soccer was the one sport that I’d heard about the most as being a sport that children with albinism could play successfully.  It kind of makes me less hopeful that she could succeed at any other sport.  🙁

I have to keep one thing in mind though…  Lyra’s big sister is 16 and has never had much interest in sports.  She’s tried a few in the past, but never really got into it.  She’s just not really the athletic type.   I have to remember…not all kids play sports.  So if Lyra isn’t good at or even interested in playing a particular sport, it could have nothing to do with her albinism or low vision.  It just might not be her thing.  🙂


  1. aww this is very discouraging 🙁 my daughter has albinism and is desperate to be a soccer star. She is finishing her first season with the 7 and under group and she hasn’t been much worse than any of the other kids but she hasn’t made much improvement over the season either…not listening to her coach he has to yell her name ALOT repeatedly to get her attention, she seems so distracted and just kinda follows the group running for the ball but doesnt really get in their…however she couldnt be having more fun, every picture is a huge smile ( even when shes dancing out of boredom )…the eye docter said no running in bifocals so just plain sunglasses and i worry she can’t even see literally her coach asked my husband if she can see at all…shes just a little loopy headed to be honest shes easily distracted so i think its more about that than her vision….I’ll just sign her up until she stops thinking its fun I just dont know which sport would be best for her with her vision issues

  2. Wow. So sorry your daughter’s had a terrible experience with her second soccer session. But as one working tirelessly on a positive image/role model for those with albinism, maybe she can try a sport not involving balls at all. There’s track and field, jumping rope competitively, bowling, gymnastics, swimming, diving, equestrian, weight-lifting, aerobics, and so many others she can participate in.

    I know this may be a vision issue (being an albino myself, I can relate very much!), but it also can be a behavioral one, too. She’s special, yes, but she’s not above being disciplined, either. Not obeying the coach or having him call her excessively is unacceptable. Young or not, it’s not too late or early for her to learn to focus, be attentive to her surroundings and respect the coach’s directives.

    Maybe he needs to wear a hat on the pitch with her sunglasses. With the sun glare, I can’t see her not having sunglasses not being an option. Also, please look into finding an eye doctor willing to work with her and you regarding her vision health. I’d think if she’s permitted to wear these things regularly, she’d be more cooperative in listening to the coach’s direction. If she won’t, then she’s penalized like anyone else–her having albinism isn’t and should not be an excuse. I regularly shoot guns for sport, swim, run, lift weights, bike ride, ride horses and even played softball a few times. I also enjoyed volleyball. As long as I have vision, and can do whatever I set my mindset to and within reason, I do whatever I do.

    Hope this helps! If I may, I’d love to be a contributing blooger for this site, if that’s permissible for you.

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