Friday, January 29, 2010
The Street Soccer USA Street Court made possible by the US Soccer Foundation, Sport Court and Athletica is causing quite a stir. Different from artificial turf, the street soccer court offers a fast-paced, small-sided indoor or outdoor game. Built in 2005, Street Soccer USA uses the field annually in Washington DC to host the Street Soccer USA Cup, for US Homeless National Team training in New York, and for SSNYC training.
Last week, the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association rented the field for a tournament event in Greensboro, NC. Street Soccer players, staff, and volunteers from Charlotte, NC and New York City collaborated to make this event a success: setting up and taking down the plastic court, the walls, goals and nets behind each goal. Charlotte players Luis and Osman reminisced playing on the street court in August of 2009 at the Street Soccer USA Cup, when Charlotte placed 8th out of 16 teams. New York player TK and Charlotte midfielder Osman found common ground in their shared heritage and their love for the game. Thanks for having us NCYSA and to HELP USA for making it possible. Looking towards the 2010 USA Cup and to the new teams that will be joining the tournament for the first time!