Category Archives: Team Triumph, Tragedy

Homeless World Cup bigger than soccer.

There are over 1 billion homeless people in the world. The Homeless World Cup aims to help end that, by bringing awareness to the cause through the beautiful game.

This celebrated annual event takes place over the next few days in Mexico City, where teams comprised of homeless people from 59 different nations will compete for the Cup.

Here in the Seattle area, where Code Four Athletics is based, the Street Soccer Seattle program is one of many such programs across the U.S. that works to utilize the camaraderie, community, and confidence central to the sport of soccer to empower homeless individuals to find greater success and peace in their lives. For a glimpse into this program, and an endearing story one of Seattle’s own who’ll be playing in Mexico City, check out this story from KOMO-TV news.

 

Championship tees commemorate soccer tournament win.

 

Proud Kent United Player
A proud player displays here championship tee.

Back in mid-July the mighty Kent United 99 girls’ team won a local soccer tournament, their first tourney win in what it hopes to be a long string of victories. To help celebrate the occasion, we outfitted them with some cool championship T-shirts.

The front displayed a logo detailing their first-place finish, and the back featured a saying that sums up their relentless work ethic: “Champions Are Made In Practice.”

Champions tee

An inspirational quote on the back of the tee.

 

 

 

 

Interested in doing something similar? Check out our selection of soccer team tees, as well as hoodies and more. Before you go, here’s a great shot from of the winning team in front our Code Four Athletics soccer ball car.

Kent United team with championship tees

Proud teammates hold up their championship tees for all to see.

Soccer team spotlight: Pioneer Pirates of Dupont, WA.

Pioneer Middle School girls' soccer team photoWe recently had the pleasure of outfitting the Pioneer Middle School girls’ soccer team of Dupont, WA. They were nice enough to send us a great team photo and action shot, which we just couldn’t keep to ourselves.

Pioneer MS girl soccer playerHead coach John Nystrom and his players posted some impressive numbers for their season, which just ended a couple of weeks ago. The Varsity squad went 6-2-2 with 46 Goals For and just 5 Goals Against. The JV team went 9-0-1 with 50GF and just 3GA. “I wish we could play for 2 more months,” exclaimed Nystrom.

Pioneer Pirates soccer logoThe team wears our Code Four Athletics ‘Imperial’ soccer jersey, along with our ‘Omega’ soccer shorts. We also created and printed a Pirates logo on the jerseys, which we numbered as well. Go Pirates!

British Soccer Team Loses 55-0.

From the archives, here’s a story we originally published in December 2010…but thought we’d share it one more time.
Think you’re having a bad season? Think again. The goalkeeper for Madron FC of Britian’s Cornwall Mining League, on average, picks the ball out of his own net once every 4.36 minutes. After losing its opening matches by the relatively modest margins of 11-0, 4-1 and 16-0, the team slumped to 27-0 and 27-1 defeats before succumbing, two sorry Saturdays ago, to a monumental 55-0 thrashing.

The squad did rebound last Saturday, as it were, losing just 22-0.

 Madron Football ClubIn 11 matches this season, says stand-in team manager Alan Davenport, Madron have scored two goals and conceded 227. It’s a degree of sporting incompetence that has won the team admiring mentions not just in the national press, but in sporting newspapers as far afield as France, Italy and even Brazil. Madron plays in the U.K.’s 13th-level league. (Think Premier League, then go down 12 notches.)
Davenport, who’s also the club’s secretary, treasurer and chairman, is not letting it get him down. “Morale’s high,” he says. “Heads are up. We’re getting better.”

A dispute over money lies at the root of the club’s troubles. At the start of this season, its newly promoted first team walked out en masse when Davenport informed them they had to pay their subs. “Fourteen players – guys who hadn’t lost a single match the whole of last season – just upped and left,” he says. “Their manager had told them that they needn’t pay, but we’re a very small club . . . So I then had to put a scratch team together. For the first division.”

The coach decided it would not be fair to plunder the club’s second team, which could win its division this season. “So we played with who we could get,” he says. “Unfortunately, that mostly means lads of 16 or 17 who haven’t really played football before and can’t get a game anywhere else. Often there aren’t enough of them, either. In 11 games, we’ve fielded three full teams.”