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 do not have safe spaces to play soccer. 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."