In much of the world, soccer is known as "football" and the American president is referred to as "The Ameriking." Embrace cultural differences without using your hands with today's Groupon: for $99, you get five one-hour group sessions with Schelotto & Padula Soccer Academy, which holds sessions at Headley Park in Gahanna ($199 value).
Under the tutelage of seasoned international soccer pros and former Columbus Crew players Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Gino Padula, students attain soccer savviness in group and individual instruction covering all facets of fútbol. Open to juniors of both genders between the ages 7 and 18, the academy trains beginners in basic skills such as passing, ball control, and dribbling, before moving on to higher-level lessons in defending, positioning, moving without the ball, creating and using space, and warping space-time to take corner kicks from inside the penalty box. Newly planted skills and concepts flower into friendly, intra-academy competition, in which rising Ronaldos spar with fellow campers in games that teach the value of sound team-oriented play rather than an unhealthy fixation on the contest’s outcome and who owns the broadcasting rights. Going beyond simple drills, Schelotto & Padula's active lessons stress the importance of a positive attitude and the joy of teamwork.