A Soccer Tournament for Kids in Athens with its own Style and Vocabulary
21 April 2021

Stavros Niarchos Park at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), transformed into a huge soccer field, will host a “bakoterma” soccer tournament for kids in collaboration with the nonprofit Regeneration & Progress and with the support of SNF.

“Bakoterma” is an unofficial style of soccer play in which there is no regular goalkeeper and a predetermined player, the “bako,” keeps goal when they’re within the penalty area. In soccer games held in town squares and alleyways across Greece, you’d be likely to hear phrases such as “toe kick,” “long ball,” “instep kick,” “diving header,” “back-heel shot,” and “brick shot.” Soon, they’ll be heard once again in Stavros Niarchos Park, rekindling a love of the game of soccer undimmed by a year of lockdowns.

Soccer is one of the most popular sports on earth, offering an escape from everyday life and a chance to build valuable skills. Young soccer aficionados will have the opportunity to form teams and play bakoterma on the Great Lawn of Stavros Niarchos Park, having fun while cultivating values such as cooperation, sportsmanship, and respect.

For children aged 10-12 and 13-15 years old.

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