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Two youth soccer teams tanked together so both could advance

As the old proverb goes, "Never try."

What you're watching here are two youth girls soccer teams fully aware they both needed only a draw to advance to the semifinals. At a certain point, both teams decided to stop wearing themselves out in the brutal heat and just accept the 0-0 result. Both teams went from playing soccer to just lightly knocking the ball around and having a generally okay time.

They could have cranked it up to full throttle and done everything they could to score a goal, but trying to score could have left them vulnerable to giving up a goal. They were also dealing with intense temperatures that were going to drain their energy heading into the next game. Trying is the most dangerous thing a person can do. Most young people don't realize that, but these girls are clearly wise beyond their years. Very impressive.

(via Top Drawer Soccer)