With its shades open, Revo Entertainment Center looks like a typical indoor field. With its shades drawn, though, its true colors show. Its true glow-in-the-dark colors, to be exact.
The fun center's 3D murals give off an ethereal light that alludes to the spot's specialty: glow-in-the-dark games, that come to life with the help of 3D glasses. During Glow Soccer, youngsters play a game similar to traditional soccer, except in the dark, the field lit by each team's glow shirts and the ball itself. LazerBall, on the other hand, fuses paintball and laser tag into a single, cosmically-themed sport in which players shoot soft pellets and laser light at each other in a battle over the fictional Planet Revo. Though similar to paintball pellets, the LazerBalls do not explode upon impact and won't stain clothes or ruin any priceless artworks used as shields. For littler laser warriors, the center also offers an age-appropriate version of the game known as Lazerball Soft, which uses extra soft spongy balls that are gentle on tiny torsos and limbs.
Fernando Nicolas "Nico" Clavijo knows a thing or two about soccer. The son of former USA World Cup player and National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo, Nico was exposed to world-class play from a very young age. He grew up to start a successful career of his own, playing for C.A. Atenas in Uruguay, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and currently, a professional beach team that competes internationally in front of pods of vuvuzela-blowing whales.
Nico pools all of that experience into Clavijo Soccer Academy, where he dribbles wisdom into open ears during private and group lessons. He uses the facility to school young players, especially, in an effort to bolster the USA soccer presence amongst global powers such as Brazil, Spain, and Argentina.
Led by veteran players Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Carlos Bocanegra, the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team faces off against CONCACAF rival Honduras. Holding an 11-3-3 series advantage against the Central American team dating back to 1965, the U.S. team will attempt to kick its way to victory like a kangaroo escaping the circus. With both teams angling for World Cup berths in 2014, the international friendly match will offer players and coaches a chance to size each other up in the vast Sun Life Stadium, which ensconces spectators in a patriotic red and blue color scheme. Today's deal also includes an American flag, allowing fans to excitedly wave banners during dazzling plays or to carefully examine stars to ensure that Hawaii is, in fact, a state.
Florida Crushers' licensed coaches have a knack for spotting athletic ability. They seek out girls and boys with the potential to excel as soccer players and help them hone their skills through their childhood and teenage years. Training can start for players as young as four years old. Coaches use fun games and activities to instill the fundamentals of coordination, ball movement, and confidence. As players progress, coaches introduce game strategy and reveal how to crack open a soccer ball to access the creamy filling inside. They also ready players for tournament play.