Over at Chicago Sports Weekly, I take a look at a Chicago-based organised pickup soccer club (Windy City Wanderers F.C.) who have grown from nothing to over 1,000 members in a little over a year. Their founder, Matt Rosine, discusses their plans for the future, which includes a partnership with Calle Soccer out of Utah, who run street soccer tournaments.
The aim is to foster soccer in urban areas including at local schools, and we discuss how this sort of thing promises big rewards for American soccer in the future. Getting kids playing soccer anywhere, any time, from an early age needs this kind of encouragement, it seems to me.
If you know of other urban soccer programs elsewhere in the States (and I know they exist), leave a comment. I’d love to hear more about them.
Photo by fabio colemono on Flickr.