Separating Yourself from the Pack

May 21, 2021

How New England Surf Has Helped One Player Stand Out

New England Surf’ teams are made up of a wide variety of players, each with their own unique talent and skill set. Still, it takes more than that to succeed in soccer, especially at New England Surf, where their commitment to finding the “best of the best” is the backbone of building their roster. 

That’s why 13-year-old Zackary Chaib stands out to his coaches.

“His enthusiasm, focus, and commitment to the club is infectious,” said his head coach Paul Erne. “He’s had so much success on the field because of his passion for the game, and it shows.”

Zackary, or Zack, plays as a winger, and after impressing coaches and teammates on the local 2008s City North team, based out of Boston, he was quickly moved up to the 2009s State Navy team after just a few weeks.  Two years in, he continues to make an impact at the State level, tallying up countless goals and assists throughout the Fall & Spring season. 

His regional success led him last year to make the Surf Select squad, made up of the 16 best players from across the nationwide Surf Soccer organization, who competed in Spain at the Surf Cup International.

2022 Zack made the Surf Select team again, and this summer will compete in the Pre-Season Royal Cup in England, where he will face professional competition.

Although still early in his development, Zack recognizes what a special opportunity this is for him. 

“I am so happy to have been chosen for the Surf Select squad and even happier to be a part of such an awesome club,” he said. “It’s been so much fun learning about the game, and I’m looking forward to progressing here.”

For the Chaib family, New England Surf is an integral part of their lives. Zack’s young sister Neila and older brother Wassim also play for New England Surf, and the impact the club has had on Zack in particular is why the family is so invested in the club.

“We are so grateful to Surf for giving Zack the opportunity to play at such a high level,” his dad, Rafik, said. “His coaches are very supportive and they try to give him every chance they can to help him succeed.”

New England Surf is currently looking for the “best of the best,” and is holding open tryouts for the upcoming season. Interested in joining New England Surf? Learn more about May ID Sessions here.