With the U.S. women's team heading into the World Cup Finals, we've been reminiscing about our years of sweaty jerseys, green grass, and constantly scabbed knees. And what better way to honor those fond, farmer-tanned memories than with a list of all the ways soccer shaped our personalities? After all, you might leave the game, but the game never really leaves you.
So, whether you're a recovering soccer player, know one, or just want to learn how to spot 'em in the wild, here are 15 indicators you (or the person you're talking to) has a pair of shin guards stashed in the corner of their closet — "just in case."
15 Signs You're A Recovering Soccer Player
Your lucky number was decided the day you got your first soccer jersey, and it will never ever change.