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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

How to Enjoy a 0-0 Game

By | Soccer Culture

Before I get too into this enthralling topic I would like to thank Manchester United Football Club and their enigmatic manager, Jose Mourinho, for the inspiration. With the source of this article clearly defined, I can say that it is very difficult to enjoy a game like the one we saw on Monday between Liverpool and Man U.

Personally, I was a Jose Mourinho fan when he was at Chelsea the first time, and a little bit less during his second spell. This is mainly because he is afraid of nobody, and is not afraid to speak his mind to the press, or poke fun at an opposing manager, *cough* Arsene Wenger *cough*. That being said, he seems to have turned up his trash talk now that he is Manchester and turned down his desire to play attacking football. At any previous club he has managed he was known for parking the bus on occasion, and it is typically effective at killing the game.

That is what made Monday such a sad game. Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp have been one of the most dynamically scoring teams in the Premier League since his arrival, and with Man U assembling the most expensive team of stars IN THE LEAGUES HISTORY it was a mouthwatering match up. So when Jose parked the most expensive bus in England in front of their goal at Anfield you could feel the disappointment. The drab game finished 0-0 with the only highlights being a couple of David De Gea saves, and Mourinho was quoted after the game saying, “It was a good performance and the result is acceptable.”

With another big game coming up for United and Mourinho, at Chelsea on Sunday at 11am (EST), will there be a tactical change? Or will the irony of Mourinho parking the bus at Stamford Bridge take over? From the fans point of view, I sincerely hope the game is less defensive and more open.

So my advice for enjoying a 0-0 game is; you don’t. Take a nap like I did.

SamBarthel

By: Sam Barthel, Team Charity Ball

Club Profile: Olympique de Marseille

By | Soccer Culture

For some time Marseille has been known as the second biggest club in France with a great successful history and amazing fan base. Here is some other need to know’s about the L’OM.

Founded it 1899

Home Stadium: Stade Velodrome (since 1937 and it’s beautiful) holds 67,394 which is bigger than Arsenal’s homes stadium, The Emirates

marseille-stadium

Successes: Ten time French Champions, Ten Time Coupe De France Winners, One time UEFA Champions League winner (only French team to ever win it)

Notable Former Players: Steve Mandanda, Dmitri Payet, Andre Ayew, Didier Drogba, Michy Batshuayi (twitter legend), Frank Ribery, Samir Nasri, Cesar Azpilicueta

Why you should use them in FIFA 17? Pacey wingers, and some solid midfielders with a big striker means possibility for greatness but a poor defense and goalkeeper might hinder that. Better off using them for a challenging manager career mode

What else? They were recently purchased by American Frank McCourt, who used to be the LA Dodgers owner. Which means they might come to America for summers and there are big changes will be happening and hopefully Marseille will rise to challenge PSG in France. They are rumored to be bringing in Luis Campos for their new Sporting Director, who currently works at Manchester United as a scout, and previously worked at Monaco bringing in players like James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Anthony Martial to the club.

The future is finally looking up in Marseille so keep your eye on that club, give them a try on FIFA Manager Career Mode, they always have cool jerseys and check out their stadium, it’s dope.

mstad

SamBarthel

By: Sam Barthel, Team Charity Ball

Fantasy Soccer Update, Player of the Week

By | Soccer Culture

There were some big match ups this weekend, whether we are talking about Tottenham v. Manchester City, or Jose Mourinho trying to stay in the top four with all the big names that Manchester United have bought this past transfer window. But, outside of those events, we saw Diego Costa absolutely kill it against Hull City. He finished the game with an assist and a goal, which is why I am choosing him as player of the week this week. In the 61st minute, Costa found himself getting a lucky bounce off a defender, then finding Willian, who had a brilliant finish past David Marshall.

Diego Costa, in the 67th minute, had a spectacular finish hitting the upper-ninety easily. Matic started the counter attack in Chelsea’s defending third. Hull City gave him plenty of space to continue dribbling up the field, all the way into their eighteen yard box. Matic found the easy pass to Costa who seamlessly finished, giving Chelsea the brace. Chelsea continue on to win the game 2-0 against Hull City.

Onto fantasy soccer, those who decided to purchase the $10.0 million probably ended up having a spectacular week. He scored 12 points this week, proving he is worth the money. Looking towards their next game, they will be playing Leicester City. This weekend is International Break, so their next game is not until the 15th of October. Leicester has a large center back who has seemed to handle Costa pretty easily in the past. Costa has been held scoreless in four straight games against Leicester. My word, I would not play Costa against Leicester, meaning you might need to find someone that can get a couple points.

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By Mike Johns
Team Charity Ball

The Charity Ball Supporter Scarf

By | News, Products, Soccer Culture

We recently released our latest Charity Ball product, the super-cool CB Supporter Scarf.

Back in April, some of the guys at Team Charity Ball thought we should design a custom soccer scarf to give people another way to support the cause. We wanted the look to be simple, clean, and still feel like a scarf you would wear or rep at a professional soccer game.  The Charity Ball colors, red, white and black, were a non-negotiable for the first round.

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The limited edition scarves are made out of 100% acrylic and are high-definition jacquard knit.

At a $25 price point, it’s the perfect compliment to your Charity Ball event, fundraiser or more beautiful lifestyle.

Stop by our online shop and order yours today.

– Jaden King

Winning Kick

By | Game Changers, Products, Soccer Culture

About 6 months ago I was contacted by two brilliant people named Scott Balaban and Elizabeth Sarquis. Elizabeth is the founder and CEO Global Gaming Initiative and Scott is the Development Director. GGI helps those in need around the world through entertaining and inspiring mobile games. They had the great idea of creating a game for the iPhone and Android platforms that would promote and help sponsor Charity Ball. For the last half a year, we’ve been working with them to bring this idea to life.

The game is called “Winning Kick” and the objective is to score as many goals as possible in 30 seconds. It applies some of the simple fun of Flappy Bird and also has a classic 80’s arcade game feel. It is very addicting, and in some moments you to want to throw your phone across the room, which is part of the thrill and experience, right? Not only are you having fun playing the game, you’re also helping get brand new, quality soccer balls to kids in poverty-stricken communities around the word. It’s a win-win and the perfect way to give back — 50% of the proceeds to go Charity Ball!


Go to the app store now and get in the game:
for Android or for iPhone

How to Clean a Soccer Ball

By | Soccer Culture, Uncategorized

Thought it might be worth posting a “How To” on the blog section from time to time.

Every now and again, someone will ask, “what is the best way to clean a soccer ball?” Good question. Balls can get pretty ugly after a while and If you play on a turf field, the artificial pitch can make things even worse. There are probably a dozen different ways to do this, but here’s what we do at our house:

1. Begin by rinsing the ball with clean water. Try not to drench it, because the water can eat away at the seams over time. Use a rag and get rid of all the loose dirt.

2. Once all the loose dirt is gone, we need to use a cleanser. Soap doesn’t always do the trick, so we take it up a notch. Grab some diluted Simple Green and spray the ball. We usually use a 50/50 mix: 50% Simple Green and 50% water. (We talked to some of the guys at Adidas and they tell us that 409 can make it happen as well.)

3. Spray the diluted Simple Green on the ball and wait about 30 seconds. It will loosen the grime.

4. Next, take a 3M Scotch-Brite pad and gently scrub each section of the ball . Make sure you take it easy around the decals. (Scotch-Brite tip from Coach Brent Kowalski)

5. Rinse with a wet cloth, dry with a towel and call it good.