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Score Pelé Freebies: 4 Stories + World Cup Lists

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Score Pelé Freebies: 4 Stories + World Cup Lists

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No FIFA World Cup is without a few surprises. So why would our travel guides for the big competition be any different? Alongside the release of each installment of the Savoring Joga Bonito: The World Cup 2014 Bucket List for Fans, we will accompany it with a free Pelé 10 download. Our Pelé 10 downloads are fun lists that will help you be on top of your game as a soccer tourist in Brazil.

In honor of our legendary freebies, here are 4 interesting facts about our lists’ namesake, Pelé.

  1. After playing in his first match with the New York City Cosmos, Pelé told a fellow teammate that it would be his first and last game with the club. His gifted feet had strangely turned green, and the superstar couldn’t put them at risk. Fortunately, it was quickly realized that the pitch had been spruced up with green spray paint in honor of his debut, and the color washed right off! You can learn more by watching the film Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
  2. Pelé’s professional soccer debut was at age 15 for Santos Football Club. According to FIFA, it is the only club in the world to score 10,000 goals. The King of Football is responsible for scoring 1,091 of those goals.
  3. The soccer legend showcased his musical talent by releasing a solo album entitled, Pelé Ginga.
  4. Pelé’s friend and business partner Celso Grellet mentioned in an interview that the superstar met and befriended John Lennon while they both attended a language school in New York. Pelé was enrolled in an English class while Lennon was there learning Japanese.

Got a fun Pelé story that you want to share? We are all eyes + ears! Write it in the comments below.

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West Indies Football Association Seeks Players for VIVA World Cup

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West Indies Football Association Seeks Players for VIVA World Cup

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Know a senior level player of West Indian heritage and/or residency who would like to represent their region in international competition? The West Indies Football Association is currently seeking players for participation in the 2014 VIVA World Cup, a tournament that pits non-FIFA national teams against each other in competition.  Now in its fifth installment, the 2014 competition location has yet to be announced.

Established in June 2013, the West Indies Football Association was created by President James Baird, and a number of football colleagues, who recognized that there are a wealth of talented players slipping through the selection process for national team consideration in their respective countries.  Players who desire to be considered for the squad should email their CV and other particular football information to westindiesFA@gmail.com.

With an immediate goal of fielding the senior squad, locating a home ground and securing sponsorship for the team’s participation in next year’s VIVA World Cup, the association team is putting out a call for supporters and sponsors, inside and outside of the region to team up on the effort.  It is their hope that, with a solid foundation in place, a youth academy is the anticipated next step in strengthening the West Indies Football Association’s reputation for developing global talent.

To keep up with WIFA's latest developments, follow the association on Facebook and/or the official website.

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Soccer + #GivingTuesday: Our 18 Picks

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Soccer + #GivingTuesday: Our 18 Picks

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With the goal of celebrating and encouraging charitable activities at the start of the holiday season, #GivingTuesday is an invaluable opportunity for participants and fans of soccer to #GiveanAssist to causes that use the beautiful game to bring social change. Getting in the game for #GivingTuesday can be as quick as donating a few dollars, sharing an organization’s link or logo with your social network, clicking an Amazon Smile purchase link, volunteering your time/talents on your terms and/or supporting a social enterprise/fair trade brand.  The ways you can #GiveanAssist today and the rest of the upcoming year are only limited by your creativity.

Whether you want to team up with a cause in your community or on the other side of the world, our 2013 picks are using soccer to tackle challenges with unique, local and global approaches.

#GiveAnAssist And….

Stand Up to Gender Based Violence + Rape: The Beautiful Game

A documentary by award winning director/producer Danny Turken, The Beautiful Game is a story about the impact of soccer on women in South Africa-- who use their love for the sport to challenge gender discrimination, gender-based violence and deep-seated cultural stereotyping-- and demonstrate soccer’s ability to transcend all boundaries and reshape the perception of women throughout the world.  Currently in the final days of its Kickstarter post-production campaign, the team is offering a number of unique #GivingTuesday rewards for those who pledge their support before midnight today.  Check their funding page at the link above for details.

Inspire Creativity On and Off the Field: America Scores*

America SCORES empowers students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning.  The organization currently serves 8,000 young, soccer-poets in 13 cities.

Save Money on Balls: One World Futbol Project*

One World Futbol produces, sells and shares almost indestructible, nondeflatable balls that harness power of play to heal and bring about social change in some of the harshest environments around the globe.  Their buy one, give one initiative brings soccer to organizations and individuals that need it most.

Spread Electricity Soccket

Uncharted Play combines sports, science and social innovation to bring its energy-harnessing soccer ball to the children in the developing world.  Fifteen minutes of play with the soccer ball provides 3 hours of LED light. With a get one, give one initiative, you have a cool ball to charge your phone and a child abroad has a new light source.

Gift Collegiate Athletic Experiences: Sporty Girls, Inc.*

Founded by national sports personality Rashan Ali, Sporty Girls, Inc. provides programming that encourages minority, metro Atlanta girls (age 8 – 18) to participate and achieve success in non-traditional sports, such as soccer, tennis, swimming and golf.  Every year, 40 girls are selected to get a taste of collegiate athlete life by participating in a rigorous, overnight camp at local campus.

Tackle HIV/Aids: Grassroot Soccer*

Co-founded by CBS Survivor Series Winner Ethan Zohn, Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.

Passback to Upstart Soccer Programs: US Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is on a mission to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities. Through their Soccer for Success, Passback and Safe Places to Play programs, the foundation is making sure unexposed youth are equipped with all of the tools to play the game.

Equip ATL Youth with Life Skills + Jobs: Soccer In the Streets*

Soccer in the Streets empowers underserved youth through soccer, mentoring, character building and employability programs.  In 2013, Soccer in the Streets weekly programming serves 1,300 kids at 16 different metro Atlanta locations and employs 70 participants or graduates as coaches, referees, event staff, or administrators.

Set the Homeless Up For Another Shot: Street Soccer USA*

With a mantra that “Ending homelessness is a team sport,” Street Soccer USA uses the power of soccer to help homeless men and women dramatically transform their lives. Through their mobile donation initiative, you can support an athlete for ($5) by texting “GOAL” to 80100.

Soccer without Borders*

With programs in seven US cities, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Egypt and Uganda, Soccer without Borders utilizes soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of marginalized youth.

Build Character in Chicago Youth: Urban Initiatives*

Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs.

Show MLS Love: United for D.C

As the outreach arm of MLS Club DC United, United for D.C. champions educational, health, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greater Washington, DC by engaging the resources and skills of D.C. United and its community of supporters.

Arm Youth for Peace: Darfur United (I-Act)*

By fielding an all-star refugee team and academy for children, Darfur United is making sure that Darfuri youth in Chad “now have a place in the world.”

Empower Young Women in Senegal: Ladies Turn

Ladies’ Turn is a non-profit association working to give Senegalese girls and women the chance to develop teamwork and leadership skills through the sport of soccer.

Enrich A Nation of Young Players: AYSO Soccer *

With a membership almost 2x the size of Iceland’s population, the American Youth Soccer Association’s 600,000 youth participants learn how to play the global game in a fun, family environment.

ReGift Gently Used Equipment: Peace Passers*

Peace Passers serves as a platform to redistribute donated, new and used soccer items to communities that have limited access to proper gear.

Create Female Changemakers in India: Yuwa India

With a mission to spark youth led change, Yuwa India provides a platform for young women in India to gain confidence and make a change in their world.

Free + Healthy Play in San Francisco: Vega Football Club

Vega Football is a competitive youth soccer club with a social mission: a free-to-play model that allows kids from underserved communities to access the life-changing, developmental benefits of playing organized soccer.

Have a Happy #GivingTuesday2013!

*Participating in the Amazon Smile program: If you purchase items through the organization’s Amazon Smile link, 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the organization.

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Sony Contest Adds to Rhythm of FIFA World Cup 2014

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Sony Contest Adds to Rhythm of FIFA World Cup 2014

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Music plays such an important role in Brazilian culture that it is only fitting that the official slogan of next year’s FIFA World Cup is All in One Rhythm. To help aspiring musicians and football fans add to the beat of the tournament, Sony will launch a global SuperSong contest on December 2, 2013.  Participants will submit original song proposals for the opportunity to have your music selected, recorded, performed by Ricky Martin and included on the official FIFA World Cup 2014 album.

Here’s a link to the announcement with all of the contest details:  http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2224063/index.html

For those who do decide to enter, please let me know so we can show our support!

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Hyundai Helps Fans Be There for FIFA World Cup 2014

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Hyundai Helps Fans Be There for FIFA World Cup 2014

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What was that one chant, mantra or phrase that helped you win the game? In honor of World Cup 2014, the “Be There with Hyundai Contest” is helping fans use word power to energize their national team with a global slogan competition.

Get creative and come up with a motivational slogan that will inspire your team to raise the trophy on July 11th.  One entry for each national team will be selected to appear on the respective team bus for the entirety of the global tournament.  Deadline for entries is February 27, 2014.

To learn how to enter: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/be-there-with-hyundai

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Game Your Way to FIFA World Cup 2014

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Game Your Way to FIFA World Cup 2014

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FIFA in collaboration with EA Sports FIFA 14 and Sony Playstation 3 are giving gamers an opportunity to take the field for World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Join over 2-and-a-half million players in the latest installment of the FIFA Interactive World Cup so that you can win prizes cash prizes up to $20,000, a trip to the Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich and first-class experiences at World Cup 2014.

With a player from England and one from France grabbing two of the twenty allocated slots, there are still four qualifying seasons left for you to get in the game.

Head on over to www. Fifa.com/interactiveworldcup to get in the game. Good Luck!

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The Beautiful Game Offers Bonus Swag to Supporters

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The Beautiful Game Offers Bonus Swag to Supporters

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It is the final 7 days of The Beautiful Game's kickstarter campaign, and the team has just rolled out a new contest for those who want to join us in bringing this inspiring film to global audiences..Check out the announcement below:

Qiana Martin has joined "The Beautiful Game" as an Official Ambassador in order to spread the word about a documentary that deserves to be made that challenges violence and corrective rape through the beautiful game of soccer. In order to help encourage donations to the campaign, The Beautiful Game team is running a contest in addition to the kickstarter.  Three people will win Qiana Martin signed, one of a kind The Beautiful Game hoody and personalized note hand written and signed by Qiana, with a fourth person winning all of the above plus 2  tickets to the premiere, events, after party, and dinner for The Beautiful game with cast, crew, and surprise guests. Ambassadors including Qiana may be at events (dependent upon their schedules).  Person must provide their own flight and lodging.

What do you have to do to be eligible? Go here and donate at least $10 to support The Beautiful Game, receive your reward on kickstarter and be in the running for the contest: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1857899692/the-beautiful-game?ref=live  Once the kickstarter goal is reached, when asked where you were referred via email, upon receiving your rewards questionnaire make sure you mention where in order to be considered for the bonus items. Help The Beautiful Game and shine a light on important issues through soccer as social justice while enjoying rewards and a chance to win our contest!

Whether you want to be my +1 for the TBG premiere or you want me to sign your hoodie + pen a motivational message to you, a youth group, soccer team or someone else you know, I encourage you to enter the contest now.  As my uncle always used to tell me, "You gotta be in it to win it!"

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Atlanta Beltline + Soccer in the Streets Team Up for FREE Event

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Atlanta Beltline + Soccer in the Streets Team Up for FREE Event

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In an effort to keep local Atlantans moving and having fun, The Atlanta Beltline Partnership is joining forces with Soccer in the Streets to host its first Atlanta Beltline Street Cup on Sunday, October 27, 2013.  The free tournament is open to youth of all ages who want to participate in small-sided games, meet other youth from across the city and learn the importance of teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, perseverance, and tolerance. Registration opens at 1:00 p.m. at 1052 Martin St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315.  To learn more information about the event, click here.

Photo courtesy of Jahret Rainey (IFlash Photography)

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Eat Soccer Presents Smoothie + Sport for Childhood Nutrition Day

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Eat Soccer Presents Smoothie + Sport for Childhood Nutrition Day

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Would you like to try a strawberry oatmeal, pineapple ginger coconut or mystery mix smoothie?  For sixty-four students at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Metro Atlanta, they had the opportunity to make and taste all three! On Friday, October 11th, students from two classrooms learned how make healthy smoothies and perform cool soccer tricks at Eat Soccer’s Smoothie + Sport event.

Through collaboration with Vitamix , American Culinary Federation Foundation, Georgia Soccer and Attack Youth Soccer, Eat Soccer’s Qiana Martin teamed up with Chef Ameerah Watson to educate participants on eating healthy and staying physically active with soccer.  Chef Watson is the owner of Intimate Chef of Atlanta and a culinary talent who has appeared on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and the upcoming show Restaurant Express.

Healthy lifestyle messaging to kids has quickly become a top priority on the national and state level. With First Lady Obama pushing for an increase in healthy product marketing to kids and Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Georgia Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, emphasizing fitness and nutrition messaging to kids in schools, Eat Soccer’s Smoothie + Sport aimed to score a goal for both of these platforms in honor of Childhood Nutrition Day.  The end result was a win for all of the students who took part, as many students got ball bags, others were awarded soccer balls and the Pine Ridge Physical Education Department received a gift of 20 soccer balls courtesy of Georgia Soccer and Attack Youth Soccer SA.

If you know of a school and/or after school program that can benefit from an Eat Soccer Smoothie + Sport event, please contact us at eatsoccer (at) gmail (dot) com.

All images provided by Jahret Rainey of IFlash Photography.

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Soccer in the Streets Event Lets You Break Moms’ Rule

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Soccer in the Streets Event Lets You Break Moms’ Rule

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Who has those memories of being a kid, getting all dressed up for some special occasion and your mom (auntie or grandma) laying down the law with the words, “Don’t mess up your outfit”?  I know I do. Fortunately on Sunday, October 6th, Soccer in the Streets will be encouraging teams of adults to put on their most fashion forward attire and get it dirty without consequence at its 5th Annual Black Tie Soccer Game.  This 7 v. 7 match is sure to be filled with sparkly mini dresses, ball gowns, suits and bowties worthy of a segment on Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police and on field play that would make Sir Alex Ferguson come out of retirement to coach.

For a mere $5, you can enjoy a front row seat at Grady Stadium to witness a spectacle that is sure to make you scream, cheer, laugh and cry.  If you have a little more change to spare, you can even sponsor one of the “hot” competitors. (You know they say soccer players are by far the most attractive athletes…)

Nevertheless, all of this money goes to help Soccer in the Streets continue and expand its mission to empower underserved youth through soccer, character development, mentoring, and employability programs.

In 2013, Soccer in the Streets weekly programming serves 1,300 kids at 16 different metro Atlanta locations and employs 70 participants or graduates as coaches, referees, event staff, or administrators.  Jill Robbins, Jason Longshore and the rest of their executive team know how to stretch a dollar longer than any pair of soccer socks…

To get all the details about attending the event, sponsoring a player or bidding in the silent auction, go to www.blacktiesoccergame.com

Who knows?  Your donation to such a worthy cause may allow you to catch several glimpses of a sequined, one arm mini dress, from West Midtown’s Cosign Resale Boutique, moving up and down the field!

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 Pop Up + Play at Washington Park Screen On The Green

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Pop Up + Play at Washington Park Screen On The Green

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It's finally here-our 1st Pop Up + Play event will be held in Atlanta this weekend.  Come out and join us! No soccer equipment needed.. On Saturday, September 14, 2013, Eat Soccer will be organizing its first Pop Up + Play event for youth ages 4-18 prior to the inaugural Washington Park Screen On The Green presented by Council Member Ivory Young and Atlanta Parks & Recreation.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., youth participants will have an opportunity to learn 15 minutes of introductory soccer moves followed by play in nonstop 5 on 5 games set to the beat of an on-site deejay.  International athlete and social entrepreneur Qiana Martin will be on hand to lead the soccer tutorials, teach players fun soccer tricks and emphasize the importance of using Washington Park for recreational fun.

Date: Saturday, September 14th

Location: Washington Park, 101 Ollie Street NW, Atlanta GA 30314

Cost: This Family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Time: Pop Up + Play from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m./Screen On The Green Film: 42 The Jackie Robinson Story begins at 8:00 p.m.

For questions about Eat Soccer's Pop Up + Play activity, contact (317.426.7353).  For information about the Washington Park Screen On The Green, call (404) 330-6046.

About Pop Up + Play: Pop Up + Play is a free youth event that begins with 15 minutes of soccer instruction followed by participation in continuous 5 v. 5 games set to the music of an onsite deejay. Organized by Eat Soccer, this activity introduces the world’s favorite sport to underexposed communities and brings awareness to underutilized blacktops and green spaces.  Pop Up + Play’s combination of soccer, music and neighborhood resources is certain to keep kids active, teach participants global citizenship and reinvigorate local parks.

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Free Sporty Girls Event: Get Girls Sporty on 9/21

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Free Sporty Girls Event: Get Girls Sporty on 9/21

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Do you know a minority girl between the ages of 8-18?  If so, Sporty Girls Inc. is giving metro Atlanta girls the opportunity to experience four hours of tennis, golf, soccer and other fun, physical activities at its annual Get Girls Sporty event on September 21, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at South Cobb High School.  Reserve your spot today at http://www.sportygirlsinc.org/registration.html.  See you there!

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