There is an English soccer team which has toured the US and Spain, seen hundreds of thousands of fans tune into their weekend matches and played in some of the sport’s most hallowed arenas against stars like Steven Gerrard. The team’s captain alone has more YouTube followers than the official account of Manchester United, the world’s highest earning club.
They have yet to play their first official match.
This is Hashtag United, the two-year-old club from Essex, England, who are about to enter the tenth tier of English soccer — aka “football” in most of the world. They’re the self-proclaimed “world’s best-known amateur football team” whose unlikely rise is entirely the result of YouTube, where they post all their games. Read more of the story and get on board!
More than 30 years ago when the NASA Challenger space shuttle was getting ready to go on its mission, inside the 4.4-million pound launchpad assembly, inside the space shuttle, inside the crew cabin, inside a locker, inside a black duffel bag, was a soccer ball.
Just over 73 seconds into flight, disaster struck: the entire shuttle exploded in mid-air. While most everything, and everyone aboard, was lost, somehow the soccer ball survived.
The story of the ball and the family that sent it into space — twice — makes for a compelling ESPN E:60 documentary. Read about it first then watch it. You won’t be sorry.
Weeds and dirt and worms and flowers. Soon enough, every sinew of our being will be overloaded with the stuff. There’s no escaping it in our mortal flesh, and the corroding effect of time even conspires to destroy man’s most hallowed creations.
Penalty kicks, especially taken during a shootout, are high-pressure situations. This is true for both the shot taker and the goalkeeper. Success for either player depends on a variety of factors, both physical and mental.
Our latest favorite soccer move, ‘The Class of 92,’ details the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United soccer players (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville). The film covers the period 1992-1999, culminating in Manchester United’s European Cup triumph.
At the heart of the film is the tale of how six 14 year-old working class boys from diverse backgrounds came together to play for the same club, became the spine of the most lauded team in world soccer, and who throughout their period of unparalleled success remained best friends.
Check out the trailer here, and then head over to Netflix for the real deal before it’s too late.
With the ever-growing popularity of women’s soccer, attention to sports-related concussions is also a growing concern. High school female soccer players incur a higher concussion rate than males, and researchers noticed in photographs of female soccer players, the players often had their eyes closed. They wanted to quantify whether female athletes closed their eyes more frequently than male counterparts, as a first step toward determining if less visual awareness might expose players to a higher risk of injury.
A couple of weeks ago, we partnered once again to deliver hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, embroidered caps and cinch packs for their Athlete and Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony. We created customized gear for 300 people, including the night’s special guest of honor, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
The event was a wonderful celebration of teamwork and dedication, and Tyler couldn’t have been more gracious, taking time to meet everyone and sign more than 200 autographs.
Many thanks to all of the athletes, staff, volunteers and coaches who make it happen, each and every day. All of us at Code Four Athletics are delighted to be a small part of it, and look forward to what’s next!
Sky Eddy Bruce, a female former all-American goalkeeper and youth soccer advocate, hates the term “soccer mom.” She loathes it. Despises it. Find out why in her latest Soccer Parenting blog post, presented by Code Four Athletics.
“We must not measure the development of soccer in the United States simply by the number of people who play soccer, rather, we must measure it by the number of people who love soccer. It is the people who love soccer that will, over time, elevate soccer to the status of preeminent sport in the United States.”