FUEL Soccer Talk for 12/25: Truce Soccer Tournament, Hatem Ben Arfa’s skill, Beatty Murray makes the cut.

The annual Christmas Truce soccer tournament will be held on December 26th  (Wyandotte)

The National World War I Museum and Memorial and The Soccer Lot are partnering to hold the 6th annual truce tournament in Sporting Kansas.

The goal of this event is to commemorate the the truce held on Christmas during World War 1 during which soldiers and personnel from both the Western and Eastern fronts dropped their weapons and celebrated Christmas. They met in the “No Man’s Land” and sang carols, exchanged gifts, and of course, played soccer.

The Museum will also feature many historic papers that describe the original truce and even have some firsthand accounts of the event from soldiers who fought in the war. Other events being held are the English Premier League watch party and a FIFA 19 play-station tournament. While the tournament is full you can RSVP for the free EPL Watch Party.

It’s amazing to see this tradition be acknowledged and recreated even over a century after it occurred.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Hatem Ben Arfa displays his skills in Ligue 1 (Twitter)

Who is your favorite Ligue 1 player?

Goalkeeper Beatty Murray makes the cut for the  US Soccer South Regional team (Index-Journal)

13-year-old Beatty Murray decided he wanted to play goalkeeper 3 years ago and within a short span of time he is already one of the best in his region.

18 players are selected for US Youth Soccer’s South Region Olympic Development team and Murray is one of them. Murray was originally an outfielder and decided he wants to make the switch to goalie. What aided in the successful transition was the support and aid of those around him. His father was heavily involved in training him for the goal keeper position.

When describing how Murray felt his father said:

“He was ecstatic, because this is his dream, to play soccer as long as he can”

And Beatty himself was anxious but ready for the challenge.

“It’s going to be a little nerve-racking, when you get about to play the game. But I’m just ready to get there and just meet all the players.”

It’s great to see the youth soccer movement continue to develop talent from a young age and the pool of capable players ready to dominate the world stage in the future is strengthening and on the rise.

What is you favorite position and why do like playing the position you play?