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...
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 ...
Soccer Problems Briana Aguila

Peep this Account: ‘Soccer Problems’ is the Fun Addition You Need in Your Feed

A rising group of young, smart, and enterprising social media influencers are making their mark in the online world of football. Meet Briana Aguila—the fresh face behind the influential...
tobias becs pwg freestyle

A Glimpse of the Freestyle Life With A-List Talents Tobias Becs and PWG!

During their trip to Los Angeles following the WFFA Freestyle Masters tournament, world-renowned freestylers Tobias Becs and PWG stopped by to discuss life as a freestyler, the quirks of...
dejuan jones

Checking In With New England Revolution Rookie DeJuan Jones

Highlighting some of the top up-and-coming talents in MLS, our Checking In series now puts a spotlight on New England Revolution midfielder DeJuan Jones. Drafted 11th overall in this...
Rafael Spajic

Rafael Spajic on How He Became One of the Top Panna Players in the World

When 27-year-old Rafael Spajic first moved to Croatia from Switzerland, he was excited to find a street court next to his house. It was on this pitch he would...

King of the Sits: Jak Gregory’s Return to Freestyle

Freestyler Jak Gregory, most known for his iconic sit down style, has been out of the freestyle game since 2010. However, the UK native has made a dramatic return.
stix

Think Watts: Rapper and Producer Stix Is Here to Make an Impact on the World Beyond Music

Born and raised in Watts, California, Stix has been involved in the music industry for 16 years as a performing artist, producer, and song writer. Beyond his music, he...
jez dior handle with care

Jez Dior On Getting Personal In His Debut Album ‘Handle With Care,’ and His Favorite Kits to Wear On Stage

It's been a while since we've got new music from Jez Dior, but he blessed us with his debut Handle With Care, a raw, deeply personal album that mixes...

The Grind Never Stops: A One-On-One Conversation with IT10’s Mo Ali

Making it as a professional athlete in any sport is no easy feat. What's so often glamorized in media is in truth a grueling process that entails thousands of hours...
Tristan Bowen

Seasoned Pro Footballer Tristan Bowen is Stronger, Wiser and Targeting the New Hometown Team

Tristan Bowen is a professional footballer who has played in multiple leagues around the world including the United States U-18 and U-20 national teams. Now back home in Los...
christina burkenroad

From Homeless to Pro Footballer, Christina Burkenroad Doesn’t Let Her Circumstances Define Her

From living in hotels and crashing at friends' houses in high school to playing in the Champions League, Sparta Prague forward Christina Burkenroad's journey through soccer is far from...
Mr. Woo hero

The Creation of a Sport: A Journey through Freestyle with the Legendary Mr. Woo

Every discipline has its masters, and in the pantheon of football freestylers none is more legendary than Woo Hee-Yong, or “Mr. Woo” as he's fondly known around the world. Woo was born ...

Two-Time Italian Champion Luca Chiarvesio Sets His Sights on Being the World’s Best

Luca Chiarvesio isn't satisfied. At 21, he's quickly establishing himself as a force in the freestyle world, but he isn't resting on his laurels and has an unfettered look at...
diana al shammari

An Inside Look at the Embellished and Embroidered Kits From Diana Al Shammari, AKA ‘The Football Gal’

Diana Al Shammari has generated quite the buzz around her unique, artistic flower designs that she adds to football jerseys. Known as The Football Gal, we take a closer look...
kala freestyle

Kicking It With Kala: Getting to Know the Breakdance-Inspired Polish Champion

One of the world's most creative and original freestylers, Bartłomiej "Kala" Rak is not only known for his incredible breakdance-inspired combos, but also for his unique views on the...

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