The kickoff to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil has revealed at least one soccer super fan in Fredericton.
John-Ryan Morrison hasn’t missed a World Cup since 1998. He was 17 when he and his dad went to the tournament in France.
But this year, for the first time in 16 years, he won't be going to the World Cup. By the time he was ready to book his flight to Brazil, he says the cost of the trip became way too expensive.
The ticket prices, which ranged between $90 to $200 US, for the games were the least expensive part of the trip. Morrison said the costs really started to add up when factoring in flights and hotels while he was in Brazil.
To make up for it, he is already planning on attending the 2018 World Cup, with his nephew, in Russia.
In total, Morrison has been to soccer matches in 11 countries over the past 16 years.
“Pretty much everything that's good in my life has come from soccer,” he said.
But even though he’s not headed to Brazil, Morrison is hoping to generate future World Cup players at home.
This summer in Fredericton, Morrison will be coaching under-12 girls and under-14 boys teams.
Sometimes he's on the field for six hours a day. Last year, he coached more than 300 days.
“I like how he does the drills with us and shows us exactly where we need to be and stuff because then it helps us when we do it in games and things,” said one of his players Kylee Speedy.
Morrison’s dad is still flying to Sao Paolo on Sunday, carrying on the Morrison tradition.
But for John-Ryan Morrison, he'll be enjoying the World Cup from the comforts of his own home.