UK Socca News

From The Grass Roots To The World Cup

MALTA READY FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SHOT

After what seems like months of bad news, it is great to have something positive to report on. We have been delighted this week to welcome a brand new member to the ISF. Malta, have joined as an Associate Member and we look forward to welcoming their affiliated teams to Champions League events in the…
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INCLUSIVITY: AT THE HEART OF ALL WE DO

We have all seen on the news, wherever we are in the world, the awful scenes in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed. A policeman has been charged with his murder and his death has sparked widespread condemnation and outrage throughout America, with the protests spreading around the world. A Black Lives Matter march is…
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TUNE IN TONIGHT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

We are delighted that the latest Leisure Leagues Prize Draw is happening again tonight – and there is a chance for you to win! Another in the Stay At Home Series of Lockdown editions, will see not just a brand new challenge but a special prize. This episode will resonate with those who have been…
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FIRST XI – PART 6: BARRY JOHN, WALES COACH AND LEISURE LEAGUES MATCH OFFICIAL

The First XI series finally gets to Wales today as their Coach, Barry John, comes under the spotlight. Barry has piloted his country at the last two ISF, Leisure Leagues inspired World Cups, as well as other international tournaments. His side have won the Home Nations tournament in the past, come close in last year’s…
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FIRST XI PART 5: AMR DAWISH, LEISURE LEAGUES EGYPT

The First XI series has really shown us all how the great sport of 6 a side football has the ability to bring us all together like nothing else. “Community” means more here than the places where our leagues operate across the world. It runs deeper. It’s a bond. Over the last couple of weeks,…
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FIRST XI PART 4 – HENRY KOKO

There were many new teams in the Socca World Cup in 2019 as it became the fastest growing sport in the world. All of them brought so much, and that is certainly true of Nigeria. Few indeed, made the impression on the UK teams that they did. So it was a great pleasure to speak…
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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: A LEISURE LEAGUES PARTNER’S JOURNEY

As we wrote earlier this week, it is Mental Health Awareness Week In The UK.  We thought this story of the inspiring young referee, Lucy Briggs needed to be heard – never has the need for good mental health been more important. Lucy is also a Leisure Leagues Partner, and here she tells the LL…
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THE FIRST XI – PART 3: GRAHAM FINLAY

The third one in the International Socca Federation/Leisure Leagues lockdown series, designed to bring football together, is a special one for the UK Socca. The subject today is Scotland Player/Coach, Graham Finlay. Graham, one of the most experienced players in 6 a side football, has played for Scotland in the last two ISF World Cups…
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THE HEALING POWER OF FOOTBALL

The fact it is Mental Health Awareness week has gone a little under the radar this year, with everything else going on. But that doesn’t make it any the less important. There haven’t been many good things about coronavirus, but the way we have seen communities pull together and help the vulnerable must be right…
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THE REAL HEROES

Footballers are heroes to millions. Everyone reading this had a favourite player growing up – you might still have one. They carry our hopes, our dreams, and our passion on their shoulders. That’s the best thing about what we do. Never mind the football, the World Cup, the Champions Leagues, the massive events. Somehow it…
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