Calle Republic started as a group of AVID fans and players with a desire to bring the street game from the barrios of Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the rest of the world home to America. They have created a line of products full of that passion. Michael, our AVID Fan, writes about his inspiration through “The Dance of the Ball.”
Ever since I was a small boy, I played soccer. In grade school, we made it a daily activity using the trees and fences to mark our field. I tried out [for the high school team] my freshman year, but I could not make the team. I dedicated myself to practice more during that next year just to find I did not qualify for the second time. I was quite disappointed that I was not allowed to participate in something I loved so much. I found myself the least played player both my junior and senior year, first on JV then on the varsity squad. [Editor's Note: Sometimes the bench is the best place to watch the game and learn.]
I spent hours daily practicing my skills. I trained in the garage, at the park, on my driveway, with or without anyone else. One might think, “wouldn’t you just give up” after failing so much, but I couldn’t. Something was born inside of me years ago.
I saw a match on television, where Wayne Rooney scored a magnificent goal. The whole stadium was filled with an awestruck noise. It was like a hiss. Though some were amazed, it was the sound of disbelief. I remembered that sound.
Many say that one can express themselves through various methods like music or art, but the most vibrant display of enthusiasm, passion, and dedication is on the pitch. From the sounds I hear in stadiums to the gasps of announcers as the incredible occurs, I am inspired.
For me, the joy of futbol is not just one of a spectator sport. Feeling those butterflies in the stomach before the game and the impulse to cry after the loss of an important match are part of what makes this sport one to be animated about.
Trying out a new juke in a game, or creating a new one by instinct is joyous. I love the diversity, I have played with people from Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, and Asia. Even if we can’t speak the same language we have a special connection: the dance of the ball. I love that you can play futsal, or a professional sized field, on cement, sand, turf, or dirt, and every surface gives the game a new twist. I love the game and everything it includes. You have just got to love it.