Project Play Africa recently teamed up with One World Futbol to deliver 11,700 of the most durable soccer balls in the world to a mud-brick warehouse in Niger, one of the poorest countries on the planet. That was enough balls to positively affect the lives of more than 70,000 children from 1,400 schools.
Please join us on Wednesday September 17 at 7pm at Marin Academy for a presentation, given by former Bay Area resident and Peace Corps Volunteer, Mike Mitchell, about how soccer balls have been helping to eliminate poverty and violence in Africa since 2008.
The following video was featured in a recent US Soccer Referee Department Update:
Each year, thousands of boys and girls become referees for the first time. Being a referee can be a very rewarding experience, but it's important that new referees have the support of their families. This video will focus on helpful tips for the parents of new referees. Watch
The Fall season is almost upon us and we have a bunch of recently qualified Marin FC player referees. They’ve all played competitive soccer, so they know the game – but when they step on the field for the first time as a referee, it’s a whole different ball game.
Here are a few thoughts on being successful out of the gate, because unfortunately, refereeing is the only profession I know where perfection is demanded from the outset, with steady improvement expected thereafter!
Earlier this year, Marin FC coach Eamon Kavanagh was invited by GOALS, Global Outreach and Love of Soccer, to coach soccer and teach English in Haiti. GOALS is a nonprofit that provides basic services and education to boys and girls in Haiti. Eamon will be there from July 15-21, 2014.
Coach Chris King and his Marin FC Girls 99 Red team tested the waters over Memorial Day weekend with a series of matches at the San Francisco Evolution Cup. Playing up a year, the girls went 1-2 for the weekend, but more than notching a win, they and their coach got a great sense of both player and team strengths and now have a clear development plan as they enter the summer season. Returning players Nikki Strack, Caroline Brockman, Skylar Vorhees and Caitlin Gregory all scored goals.