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About Us


 

 

love.fútbol partners with underserved communities to develop simple soccer fields for youth without safe places to play.

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About Us


 

 

love.fútbol partners with underserved communities to develop simple soccer fields for youth without safe places to play.

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Social Change


love.fútbol creates community soccer fields that act as catalysts for sustainable social change. We build low-resource, high-impact fields that encourage informal, creative soccer, act as hubs for social programs, generators of social enterprise and provide authentic, highly-visible touch points for brands.

A love.fútbol field is a safe and dependable outlet for youth to play and liberate their passion for the game. The opportunity to be passionate, to be inspired and to express oneself are fundamental human needs and a part of the foundation for a positive and productive life.

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Social Change


love.fútbol creates community soccer fields that act as catalysts for sustainable social change. We build low-resource, high-impact fields that encourage informal, creative soccer, act as hubs for social programs, generators of social enterprise and provide authentic, highly-visible touch points for brands.

A love.fútbol field is a safe and dependable outlet for youth to play and liberate their passion for the game. The opportunity to be passionate, to be inspired and to express oneself are fundamental human needs and a part of the foundation for a positive and productive life.

 

Our Objectives

Currently, our main beneficiaries are impoverished communities within Central and South America. We are all feverishly working away to be able to expand our projects and create positivity that spans the globe. Every single day youth are injured, assaulted, raped and killed in their fight to play the game they love. The untold story is the loss of play and passion in their lives. Shorter, less committed soccer life spans lead to far diminished returns on the productive and positive role that the game can have in their lives. Passion for the game equates hope and belief in tomorrow.

A safe place to play is often the last stand before gangs, drugs and despair strips youth from them—hence the Guatemalan expression, “Un deportista más es un delincuente menos ~ One sportsman more is one delinquent less.”

We believe that love.fútbol has the ability to be a real agent of change in the world. One of our goals over the next year is to bring love.fútbol home. We believe that we could become a staple within the United States that also sees the growth of the beautiful game in one of our home nations. 

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Why we exist


Everyday life for youth in communities across our planet can be hard. Yet somehow, amidst drugs, gangs and violence, their passion for soccer shines through.

The game can be played almost anywhere. A door, street curb or tree trunk easily serves as a goal and any piece of land, no matter how small or irregularly shaped, can serve as a venue. Soccer balls are made out of balled newspaper, old socks, weaved sticks and tire parts. Children’s ingenuity reflects their desire to play—their innovations are one reason we call soccer the beautiful game.

Despite soccer's great simplicity and beautiful imperfection on the grassroots level, love.fútbol exists because millions of children to do not have safe spaces to play soccer in their communities. They chase the ball barefoot in trash dumps, on narrow highway medians and in busy streets between cars. They retrieve balls from sewage, are chased off prohibited land, and walk long distances through dangerous neighborhoods to find their spot to play.

 

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Why we exist


Everyday life for youth in communities across our planet can be hard. Yet somehow, amidst drugs, gangs and violence, their passion for soccer shines through.

The game can be played almost anywhere. A door, street curb or tree trunk easily serves as a goal and any piece of land, no matter how small or irregularly shaped, can serve as a venue. Soccer balls are made out of balled newspaper, old socks, weaved sticks and tire parts. Children’s ingenuity reflects their desire to play—their innovations are one reason we call soccer the beautiful game.

Despite soccer's great simplicity and beautiful imperfection on the grassroots level, love.fútbol exists because millions of children to do not have safe spaces to play soccer in their communities. They chase the ball barefoot in trash dumps, on narrow highway medians and in busy streets between cars. They retrieve balls from sewage, are chased off prohibited land, and walk long distances through dangerous neighborhoods to find their spot to play.

 

"Poverty is the absence of opportunities to develop one’s own talents."

Jorge Amado, Brazilian novelist

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A platform for Social Change


A love.fútbol project inspires local leaders and creates momentum that can be channeled toward new endeavors and collaborations. We partner with organizations that use the power of soccer to engage youth from disadvantaged communities to address critical social issues such as poverty, disease, lack of education, gender inequality and much more.

 

" No matter the language, the religion, or economic situation, with soccer, we speak the same language. It's the passion that connects us." - Drew Chafetz, CEO love.fútbol

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A platform for Social Change


A love.fútbol project inspires local leaders and creates momentum that can be channeled toward new endeavors and collaborations. We partner with organizations that use the power of soccer to engage youth from disadvantaged communities to address critical social issues such as poverty, disease, lack of education, gender inequality and much more.

 

" No matter the language, the religion, or economic situation, with soccer, we speak the same language. It's the passion that connects us." - Drew Chafetz, CEO love.fútbol

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Empowerment


We empower and train communities to plan, build and operate their own soccer fields. We provide guidance, procure raw materials and mobilize local resources while putting ownership of the project process into the hands of the community. We partner communities are the greatest drivers of their own development and stakeholders in the project’s long-term success. A completed love.fútbol field is more than a place to play – it is a lasting and tangible symbol of community strength and unity.

Since 2006, local community leaders have dedicated an average of 2,000 hours of volunteer time and effort per project benefitting over 16,000 young people in Guatemala and Brazil.

 

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Empowerment


We empower and train communities to plan, build and operate their own soccer fields. We provide guidance, procure raw materials and mobilize local resources while putting ownership of the project process into the hands of the community. We partner communities are the greatest drivers of their own development and stakeholders in the project’s long-term success. A completed love.fútbol field is more than a place to play – it is a lasting and tangible symbol of community strength and unity.

Since 2006, local community leaders have dedicated an average of 2,000 hours of volunteer time and effort per project benefitting over 16,000 young people in Guatemala and Brazil.

 

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

Nelson Mandela