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Street football, or street soccer, is played on a concrete pitch or outdoors on makeshift courts. A fast-paced, short-sided game, it melds together a high degree of skill, personal style, and quick decision-making. Already a global phenomenon, street football has been a training ground for some of the world’s greatest ballers.

Neymar Jr’s Five San Diego Highlights: A Redemption Win for “Dream Killers”

The Neymar Jr.'s Five San Diego qualifier tournament took place on May 15 on the large grass field at Waterfront Park. An enthusiastic crowd of spectators gathered to watch the teams compete...
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Malaysia’s Multi-Talented Zeem Ahmad is on the Street with All-Around Game

We were first introduced to Zeem Ahmad as he was preparing for the recent Pannahouse Invitationals that took place in Denmark. Copenhagen Panna House founder Kristoffer Liicht spotted the Malaysian baller...
Shiou Japanese prodigy

11-Year-Old Shiou is Giving Pannas and Taking Names

Eleven-year-old prodigy Shiou from Japan has been turning heads in the street football world with his impressive moves. Though he suffered an unexpected loss in the recent Pannahouse Invitationals, his advanced ...
Miguel Sanchez Nike tournament

Urban Spotlight: From the Street to the Stadium, Miguel Sanchez and the New Breed of Crossover Players

The United States is currently experiencing a wave of enthusiasm for the beautiful game that's different from previous attempts to increase its popularity. Three professional men's divisions, the women's professional NWSL, a new ...

Pannahouse Invitationals 2016 Results: Bencok Beats Out Top-Flight Street Ballers, While a Finalist Mysteriously Disappears

Billed as a true world championship, the 2016 Pannahouse Invitationals brought together the aces of world-class ballers this past weekend for Copenhagen Panna House's (CPH) top-tier contest. The competition was...

Top 10 List: Best Panna Humiliations

It doesn’t matter if you’re hustlin’ your tail off for 90-plus minutes on the pitch, if you’re jostling in the close-quarter combat of the futsal court, or if you’re...
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In Copenhagen, Elite Street Ballers Contend for Pannahouse Title

The world's top street football players will be descending upon Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday, May 21, for the Panna House Invitational in what is expected to be one of the...

The San Diego Scene: SoCal Street Ball and the Latest Neymar Jr.’s Five

Local and traveling footballers gathered over the weekend at Waterfront Park in San Diego for the latest edition of Neymar Jr.’s Five Tournament. Teams battled it out for a chance to win a trip...
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...

Storelli Enlists Champions League Pros for Football Fight Club

In what may be the most elaborate shinguard commercial to date, the Brooklyn-based merchandiser Storelli, which specializes in protective soccer gear, sent two high-profile footballers into the dark, seedy...
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Urban Calendar: This Week in Football – 5/9/2016

Urban Pitch is giving our readers a monthly calendar for players and fans interested in street football, freestyle and futsal tournaments and events. Check it out to keep up...
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 ...
LAFC new stadium

LAFC Forges Ahead with New Stadium in a City Thriving with Football Fans

Earlier today, LAFC met with the Los Angeles City Council and received the green light to break ground on their $250 million stadium project. Expectations are high for this...
Edward Vangils Nike street football collection

Edward van Gils Creates Art with Nike Street Football Collection

Edward van Gils' handiwork (and footwork) are being artfully utilized in Nike's street football collection as part of its summer release designs. Using paint on his soles, van Gils' signature moves...
Street Football Mural

Lexicon, Part 2: A Guide to Street Football Terms

Street football has been around a long, long time. Cavemen were probably playing the game with a rock and goals made from T-Rex bones. And yet the game is understandably...
Landry N'Gala Hypnotizer

French Futsal Champ Hypnotizes the Competition for Nike FootballX Skills

French futsaler, street baller, and national team member Landry N'Gala does "The Hypnotizer" for the latest Paris edition of Nike's FootballX Skills series. N'Gala is a 22-year old lefty street baller with Team Cameleons ...
GlobalCityFans LA Street Football

#GlobalCityFans Features L.A. Diehards in Latest Episode, with a Nod to Street Football and Futsal

Even if you're not a hardcore fan of English Premier team Manchester City, you'll appreciate this latest GlobalCityFans episode featuring the vibrant and diverse football culture in Los Angeles (and an interview with Urban Pitch...
Nike Tac Tac videovideo

French Footballer Spawns Controversy Over “Tac-Tac” Move in Nike-Produced Video

From the latest set of videos in Nike's FootballX Skills series, French street footballer Souleymane "Solo" Karamoko demos the "Tac-Tac," an impressive two-step ground move that has also caused a barrage...
Kids playing street football in Havana.

Just Kickin’ It: The Importance of Street Football in Youth Soccer

There's nothing better than street ball on a sunny day. Growing up, I would always invite friends to play on the road next to my house. We would set up goals...
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Diadora Turns to Brazil’s Street Footballers for N9000 “Rio Olympic Medals” Pack Release

Diadora is one of those sports companies you just don't hear about much. Their heyday was in the '80s and early '90s, so it's somewhat surprising, or extremely overdue,...

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