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March 2018

Charity Ball’s 100 Best Places to Play Soccer

By | Soccer Culture, Soccer Fields

Soccer is everywhere.

No matter where you travel in the world, you will find beautiful people playing The Beautiful Game. All you need is a ball.

To showcase the world’s love for the Game, we’ve compiled what we consider to be the 100 coolest places to play soccer. If you’ve ever seen or (better yet) played on any of these pitches, drop us a note on Twitter @teamcharityball, we’ love to hear about it.

—Enjoy.

100 Ice Soccer

Antarctica
Photo: Frank Hurley

99 Roof Top Soccer

Miami, Florida, USA
Photo: Brickell Soccer Roof Top

98 Empty Pool Soccer

Havana, Cuba
Photo: Alexandre Meneghini

97 Indoor Soccer [Grand Park]

Westfield, Indiana, USA
Photo: Grand Park

96 Naval Destroyer Soccer

USS Arleigh Burke
Photo: Scott Pittman

95 Street Soccer

Times Square, NYC
Photo: Street Soccer USA

94 Swamp Soccer

Hyrynsalmi, Finland
Photo: Nokian Tires

93 Ruins Soccer

Paricatuba, Brazil
Photo: Felipe Dana

92 5-a-side Soccer [Fives Futbol]

Cape Town, South Africa

91 Playmore Soccer [Moscova]

Milan, Italy

90 Renewable Energy Soccer [Morro da Mineira]

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

89 ESPN Wide World of Sports

Orlando, Florida, USA

88 Urban Pitch Soccer

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Photo: Ford Europe

87 Midnight Soccer

Mocimboa Da Praia, Mozambique
Photo: Ian Allen

86 Historical Soccer

Bambugh Castle, England

85 Crazy Cold Soccer

Tasiilaq, Greenland
Photo: Grant Dixon

84 Pier 5 Soccer

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Photo: Julienne Schaer

83 Hotspur Soccer [Tottenham Training Field]

Enfield, United Kingdom
Photo: KSS Group

82 Underground Soccer

Paris, France
Photo: Soccer Bible

81 Pick Up Soccer

Sorrento, Italy
Photo: Swig

80 Stade Louis II Soccer

Fontvielle, Monaco

79 Lake Michigan Soccer [Northwestern University]

Evanston, Illinois
Photo: Northwestern University

78 Build Your Own Soccer

Helsby, England

77 Tavares Bastos Soccer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

76 Macul Soccer [Estadio Monumental]

Santiago, Chile

75 Favela Soccer

Sao Carlos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

74 Arctic Soccer

Qaqortoq, Greenland
Photo: Steve Menary

73 French Riviera Soccer

La Turbie, Monaco
Photo: AS Monaco FC

72 Favela Soccer

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photo: Charity Ball

71 Mud Soccer [Harbor Island]

Grand Haven, Michigan, USA
Photo: Charity Ball

70 Arctic Circle Soccer

Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland

69 Changlimithang Soccer

Thimphu, Bhutan

68 2013 Snow Classico [DSG Park]

Colorado, USA

67 The Big Issue Soccer [Darling Harbour]

Sydney, Australia

66 Alpine Soccer

Saas-Fee, Switzerland

65 Space Soccer

International Space Station
Photo: NASA

64 Laser Light Soccer [Adidas Nitro Charge Pitch]

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

63 Bamiyan Soccer

Bamyan, Afghanistan

62 5-A-Side Soccer [ProDirect Soccer]

London, England

61 Dome Soccer [Aspire Dome]

Doha, Qatar

60 Cage Soccer [Thompson Flyover]

Singapore

59 Parking Garage Soccer [University of Utah]

Utah, USA

58 Near West Soccer

University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

57 Mountain Soccer

Bilad Sayt, UAE

56 Parking Garage Soccer [Pomona College]

Claremont, California, USA

55 Train Station Soccer [Five Points MARTA Station]

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

54 Oil Rig Soccer

Pechora Sea

53 Salt Mine Soccer

Soledar, Ukraine

52 Indoor Soccer [Soccer Coliseum]

Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

51 Africa Bush Soccer

Rongo, Kenya
Photo: Charity Ball

50 Mini Pitch Soccer

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

49 Street Soccer

Yangon, Myanmar
Photo: Urban Pitch

48 Pier 40 Soccer [Hudson River Park]

NYC, New York, USA

47 Big Apple Soccer [Asphalt Green]

NYC, New York, USA

46 Play [well] Soccer

Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique
Photo: Charity Ball

45 Evergrande Soccer

Qingyuan, Guangdong, China

44 Roof Soccer

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Photo: Pillitz

43 Skyline Soccer

Tokyo, Japan
Photo: Eric Meola

42 Taj Soccer

Agra, India
Photo: Eric Meola

41 Beach Soccer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

40 Ancient Soccer

Giza, Egypt
Photo: Stecker

39 Quarry Soccer

Uluwatu, Indonesia
Photo: Levon Bliss

38 Favela Soccer

Dona Marta, Brazil

37 Paradise Soccer

Hurawalhi, Maldives

36 Cornfield Soccer

Landshut, Germany

35 FIFA Soccer

Cape Town, South Africa

34 Floating Soccer

Ko Panyi, Thailand

33 Eiffel Soccer

Paris, France
Photo: Pries

32 Church Soccer

Jaurez, Mexico
Photo: Aguirre

31 Motor City Soccer [Keyworth Stadium]

Hamtramck, Michigan, USA
Photo: Degennaro

30 Power Soccer [Osceola Heritage Park]

Kissimmee, Florida, USA
Photo: Goodman

29 High-Rise Soccer [City Place]

Toronto, Canada
Photo: Tait

28 BVB Soccer [Westfalenstadion]

Dortmund, Germany

27 Pickup Soccer [Griffith Park]

Los Angeles, California, USA

26 ‘The Bont’ Soccer [Pontcysyllte Aqueduct]

North Wales

25 Gladiator Soccer [The Colosseum]

Rome, Italy

24 Scandinavian Soccer [Prioritet Serneke Arena]

Gothenburg, Sweden

23 West Coast Soccer [MacArthur Park]

Los Angeles, California, USA

22 Breathtaking Soccer

Celerina, Switzerland
Photo: van der Meer

21 Sugarloaf Soccer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photo: Griffiths

20 Local Pride Soccer [Tabard Gardens]

London, England
Photo: Fox

19 Andes Soccer

Urubamba. Peru
Photo: Kass

18 Cocodrilos Soccer

Caracas, Venezuela

17 Camp Nou Soccer

Barcelona, Spain

16 Himalayan Soccer

Annapurna Region, Nepal

15 Big Dome Soccer [Toyohira-ku]

Sapporo, Japan

14 God’s Country Soccer [Lake Tahoe Community College]

Lake Tahoe, California, USA

13 Rocky Mountain Soccer

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA

12 Zenit Soccer [Petrovsky Stadium]

St. Petersburg, Russia

11 Leicester City Soccer [King Power Stadium]

Leicester, England

10 Urban Soccer [The Base]

Berlin, Germany

9 Royalty Soccer [Buckingham Palace]

London, England

8 Winner Stays Soccer

Rome, Italy

7 Khayelitsha Township Soccer

Cape Town, South Africa
Photo: Amandla EduFootball

6 Laser Pitch Soccer

Madrid, Spain

5 Majestic Soccer

Henningsvaer, Norway

4 Puskás Soccer [Pancho Aréna]

Felcsút, Hungary
Photo: Takacs

3 Neighborhood Soccer

Houston, Texas USA
Photo: Londono

2 Backyard Soccer

Zeeland, Michigan USA
Photo: Charity Ball

1 Anywhere with your friends

All you need is a ball
Photo: Charity Ball

Southampton FC: Signed Jersey for Charity

By | Game Changers, Products, Soccer Culture

Today we are launching a very unique fundraiser for us here at Charity Ball. This is the first time we have been given an official jersey from a historic English club, Southampton FC, which has been signed by the ENTIRE first team. You can now enter to win this awesome and distinct prize. However, I thought the back story behind the jersey would be worth noting, especially for die hard soccer fans.

Southampton Signed JerseyThe main man behind this jersey donation is Hugo Scheckter (@hugoscheckter on twitter). Hugo was born in the great state of Georgia (USA) and now lives in London. Soccer has been an integral part of Hugo’s life and career, which started with coaching in high school. He then studied Sports Business at George Washington University and continued to coach club and high school soccer. After graduating from GWU he was hired by Indy Eleven, an NASL team at the time. He then progressed to work as a Player Liaison Officer for Southampton FC for 3.5 years. This past March, he signed on with West Ham to work as their Head of Player Care.

Hugo Sheckter

As the Head of Player Care, Hugo’s primary objective is to make sure the players have everything they need off the field so they can be their best on the field. On match days he arrives 5 hours before kick off to arrange reserve tickets for players’ friends and families, set up sponsor visits and organize pre match meals. Once warm up begins Hugo’s work is more relaxed and he gets to take in the game from the bench. He really enjoys the relationships he gets to build with both players and their families.

To wrap things up, I asked Hugo if he has a favorite team that he didn’t work for, and his answer was surprising: “To be honest, soccer is my life and my career – so my time as a fan is over! My entire energy goes into making sure the players I work with are the best they can be, so I don’t really have time for following other teams. But from time to time I like to check in on clubs that I used to support when I was younger, like DC United and Indy Eleven.”

Hugo found us on Twitter and wanted to get involved with us right away. He loved how Charity Ball is different from many other charities in that we use soccer as a medium to improve children’s lives across the globe. You can expect to see more collaborations between Charity Ball and Hugo in the future!

 

Now that you know the story behind the jersey be sure to check out our online raffle drawing below for the signed Southampton Jersey.

Be sure to follow and tweet us about this story! @teamcharityball, @hugosheckter, @ethan_king5 (our founder)

WIN THIS SIGNED SOUTHAMPTON JERSEY!

For every $25 you donate (using the link below) your name will be entered into a drawing and a new, quality soccer ball will be given to a child. Enter as many times as you like.

Winner will be announced at half time during the FA Cup Semi-Final, Southampton vs Chelsea (April 22, 2018).

SamBarthel

By: Sam Barthel, Team Charity Ball