End of Season Soccer Party Ideas

Summer is right around the corner...which means no more school and end of the season soccer parties! At the end of each season my soccer team would always have a potluck dinner to celebrate. 

If your soccer team is looking for ideas for an end of the season party, a potluck dinner is perfect for everyone! Each of the players on my team would sign up to bring a different dish to eat, which always resulted in an awesome feast. Don't forget to add paper plates, utensils, and drinks to the sign up sheet. Potlucks are easy to coordinate, inexpensive, and there are lots of different types of food for picky eaters to choose from.  My team held the dinner in various places over the years including the school cafeteria, auditorium, local park, and a local pool club house. Feel free to bring your favorite dish or get creative and make one of these soccer themed foods. Check out these easy recipes for the best soccer inspired foods: 

1. Soccer Ball Cookie Bites

Who doesn't love cookies?! These soccer ball cookies are sure to impress everyone on your team. If you want to get super creative, use another color icing to put the initials of each player on their very own cookie.  

Find the recipe for these delicious cookies at The Decorated Cookie.

2. Soccer Ball Chocolate Covered Strawberries

We love this idea for making soccer ball chocolate covered strawberries. All you need is strawberries, white chocolate, and black icing. Use the black icing to draw little pentagons on the strawberries after the white chocolate has dried to make them look like soccer balls. 

Find the recipe at Recipe Girl.

 
Source:  Recipe Girl

Source: Recipe Girl

 

3. Guacamole Soccer Field Dip

We promise it tastes better than it looks! We recommend making this dip right before the potluck so the guacamole stays fresh and doesn't start to turn brown.

Click here to find the recipe on The Produce Mom.

 
 

The team at CrossBones Sports wants to congratulate everyone on another awesome soccer season! Keep up the hard work and have fun celebrating with your team and coaches.

PS. Please email us your finished creations - we would love to share them on the blog! 

14 Snacks Great for Before & After Exercising

Snacks are essential before work out sessions or soccer practices because they give your body the energy it needs. Working out on an empty stomach can cause muscle loss so it is smart to grab a snack 30 to 60 minutes before exercising. The right snacks can provide your body with protein to help build muscles and with carbs for quick energy. 

Snacks are not just important before exercising, they are also great to eat after working out. Eating a snack within 30 minutes to an hour after exercising can help to restore energy and rebuild muscles. Check out the list below of some of our favorite pre and post workout snacks that will help your body get the most out of its workout. 

Columbia Ends the US Men’s Soccer Team’s Road to Rio

After Tuesday night’s match against Columbia, the road to Rio has come to an end for the US Men’s team. The US has failed to qualify for the Olympics for two consecutive games, which has not happened since the 1960s. The U-23 team was also unable to qualify for the Olympics four years ago in their defeat against El Salvador.

Columbia’s Roger Martinez scored two goals for their team, making it difficult for the United States to make a come-back after the 64th minute mark. According to USA Today, US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said the U-23 players were at a disadvantage because they lacked the experience from now qualifying for the previous Olympic Games in London. US forward Jordan Morris said, “You dream about it since you were a little kid so, it’s a tough one to swallow.” 

Columbia defeated the United States 2-1, making Columbia the final team to qualify for the men’s Olympic soccer tournament in Rio. On a positive note, we can look forward to watching the US Women’s team compete in Rio this summer.

 

 

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