Street Soccer Movement is Changing the Game for At Risk Youth

With the support of the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) and Fundación Fútbol para el Desarrollo (FuDe) will present Street Soccer exhibition games on November 15, 2015 to introduce the Orange County community to Street Soccer. These games will be taking place from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Middletown Recreation and Parks Department – 47 Academy Ave, Middletown. 

A “Meet and Greet” will take place on November 16, 2015 at the Middletown Elks Lodge #1097 – 48 Prospect Street where members of the community are invited to welcome our international guests and learn more from trainers, staff, delegates and youth about the Street Soccer Movement.    

FuDE and the Street Soccer Movement introduced the Street Soccer methodology in Buenos Aires 20 years ago to address issues affecting youth including violence, gang membership and discrimination. FuDe and the Street Soccer Movement have organized six Latin American Street Soccer Tournaments and three Street Soccer World Cups in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. YAP was invited to join the Street Soccer Movement in 2014, sending youth and staff to the World Cup in Brazil as well as to Copa America in Argentina this past May.

The exhibition games are part of an exchange between the United States and Argentina that includes FuDe leaders from Buenos Aires.  FuDe trainers will spend four days in Orange County, NY training YAP staff from New York and Florida in the methodology of the Street Soccer movement.  Upon completion of training at various sites in Orange County, YAP staff will be traveling to Buenos Aires to continue their training with the goal of launching Street Soccer programs at sites in New York and Florida in 2016.

Community leaders are cordially invited to attend any of our upcoming training events to learn more about the Street Soccer Movement and how it can benefit youth here in Orange County.  If you are interested? Please contact Jason S. Wilson, USA Street Soccer Liaison and Director of Services for Youth Advocate Programs at 845-565-0901 or jwilson@yapinc.org.