Claudinho Pinto

Urban Spotlight: Claudinho Might Be the Best Pound-for-Pound Street Baller in L.A.

Have you ever seen one of those guys who looks normal and unassuming, someone you quickly dismiss as not very athletic, and yet once he steps on the pitch, the guy just tears...

Edward van Gils’ Favorite Book is Absolutely Genius

During his recent visit to L.A., street football legend and pioneer Edward van Gils dropped in to our indoor facility, UrbanFutsal LA, to wreck some players and give us an exclusive...
Alfredo Sainz

Street Baller Alfredo Sainz on Going Pro, Bolivian Futsal, and Playing with Swag

Urban Pitch sat down with L.A. street baller Alfredo Sainz, whose career has spanned futsal, street soccer, and professional play in Bolivia. He’s been featured in trick-heavy spots like the Nike FootballX Skills video, played for the Red Bull Street Team ...

Urban Spotlight: Pro Freestyler Enry Maffioletti Lets His Crazy Skills Do the Talking

There must be something about freestyle football that either attracts mellow personalities or forces a person to chill out. It makes sense considering the hours of dedicated practice and honing...

Urban Spotlight: Why Séan Garnier Is an All-Around Maestro

Most people have heard of Séan Garnier. Even if you're not a hardcore soccer or freestyle fan, you've probably seen him in this commercial disguised as an old man or battling Neymar for...
Liv Cooke UK Freestyle

UK’s 16-Year-Old Liv Cooke is Next Freestyle Star to Watch

Attention is growing for up-and-coming sensation Liv Cooke, the UK's first—and so far only—professional female football freestyler. Cooke grew up in northwest England and fell in love with football...
Lo Labonta

FC Kansas City Midfielder Lo’eau Labonta Shares Her Urban Picks

Lo'eau Labonta is beginning to hit her stride as she enters her third season in the NWSL. With preseason just a few weeks away, the Stanford grad sat down for a...
travis bowen

From LA to Macedonia, Travis Bowen Embraces the Enduring Journey of Being a Pro Footballer

With professional experience both in the United States and overseas, Travis Bowen has been able to incorporate the best from both games into his own. Before his departure back...
Yael Averbuch rainbow

Accomplished Soccer Pro Yael Averbuch Looks to Get Even Better at 30

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Yael Averbuch, a highly decorated midfielder for National Women's Soccer League team FC Kansas City and a newly minted...
Urban Street Team

Urban Street Team Grows Freestyle Network Throughout Southeast Asia

Freestyle football is laying deep roots in Singapore, thanks largely to the pioneering freestylers of Urban Street Team (UST). Created in 2009 by Terence Ong, Terry Lee, and Mohammad...
julia glanz

Strength, Health, and Gratitude: How Soccer Ignited Julia Glanz’s Relentless Pursuit of Fitness Excellence

Strength and conditioning coach Julia Glanz has made a seamless transition from her soccer career at the University of Arizona to her professional career as a fitness expert. Through...
Ryann Torrero goalkeeper

Urban Picks: Pro Goalkeeper and Model Ryann Torrero Shares All Her Favorite Things

It's not often you come across an athlete who moves effortlessly between the disparate worlds of sports and modeling. Ryann Torrero is a pro goalkeeper whose recent stints include winning...

Denmark’s Jakob Semajer-Garic is a New Kind of Freestyle ‘Wrapper’

At 18 years old, Danish freestyler Jakob Semajer-Garic is a rising star in the uber-talented Scandinavian freestyle scene. Jakob's unique style that incorporates numerous variations of Wraps and V-Stalls...
Jade Elliott interview

Urban Spotlight: One-on-One with Futsaler Jade Elliott, Youthful Pioneer in UK’s Football League Trust

Youngsters from the UK are continuing to pioneer new avenues in women’s football. We recently spotlighted teen talent Liv Cooke, the UK’s first and only professional female freestyler. Today, we’re featuring Urban Pitch’s...

Patience, Persistence, and Passion: Argentina’s Charly Iacono is Finally World Freestyle Champ

Carlos Alberto Iacono, aka Charly, is a persistent man. A tried-and-true competitor, Charly is well-known and well-liked on the freestyle circuit, someone who has earned respect for his athleticism, composure,...
laura biondo

Finding the Perfect Balance of Art and Sport With Incredibly Accomplished Pro Freestyler Laura Biondo

The first woman to hold a Guinness World Record in freestyle, Laura Biondo has gone from competing in some of the world's biggest freestyle events to performing with the...

Hip-Hop and Football: L.A. Rapper Jez Dior Talks His Love for the Beautiful Game

In the diverse city of Los Angeles, the football community football collides with music, art, and culture in an enigmatic way. The city paves avenues and pathways for just...
Jannis Gasser

The Man Behind the Camera: Why Everyone Needs Jannis Gasser in Their Instafeed

It's fair to say social media has been a catalyst for the rise of freestyle football in recent years, the chief culprit being everyone's favourite photo/video sharing app, Instagram. Every day,...
andrew mcewen

Getting to Know Andrew McEwen, Multi-Talented Social Media Star and Entrepreneur

Whether it is creating custom boots, viral content, or his own lifestyle apparel brand, Andrew McEwen's ambition and creativity has led him to become one of social media's fastest-rising...

Thiago Saltori is Unlike Any Freestyler You’ll Ever Meet

Brazilian veteran freestyler Thiago Saltori is a true original. Whether it’s his unorthodox style or his vast knowledge in Chinese medicine, Saltori has always gone against the grain —...

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