We promote participation in the game at the most fundamental level: improvised play, street soccer, self practice, at home in the backyard or driveway and small sided neighborhood, schoolground or community games where children begin to develop their fascination relationship with the ball and for the game. Unstructured play can unlock creativity and bring communities together presented a new use for the public play space.
We promote the game and the values of sport through the various aspects of our StreetBall platform which re-purposes under-utilized, unused private, city or school district owned and operated spaces. We assist and advise property owners and managers how to implement and maximize the positive impact of facilities by recommending utilization strategies, creating initiatives. It's universally known that the best players in the history of soccer played on streets or crowded spaces and while playing on grass in open space is appealing for many reasons it doesn't go all of the way in providing an enjoyable and beneficial environment for individual players outside of the structure of organized play. Streets are busy with vehicles in today's society so there is a much needed demand to replicate street football. Through the creation of small sided courts or 'cage' soccer and construction of kicking walls and skills par courses such as SUPAskills cities, schools and private owners can provide for community demands and capitalize on the increase in popularity of court soccer and skills par courses while simultaneously play a role in helping the next generation of soccer players enjoy and succeed against domestic and overseas counterparts. We assist city planners and developers on how to provide high usage, low maintenance, environmentally friendly facilities.
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We advise, manage and in some cases invest in re-purposing under-utilized spaces into previously under utilized play areas. There is a shortage of high-quality fields for practice and games and over-abundance of underutilized real estate. Schools and cities have disproportionate amount of basketball and tennis courts dedicated to only those sports as well as unused blacktop and parking lots.
Several cities have successfully converted and private owners of properties have leased land to convert unused parking lots into facilities. Conversely grass fields are often crowded & permits are issued in half field slots often resulting in under-used or under-used areas generate revenue. Facility owners can save on maintenance and repair cost and take usergroup stress away from users by allowing facilities to be more accessible for longer periods without having to take facilities offline for costly and time consuming repair. Soccer courts can be secured like tennis courts and permitted to clubs and user groups for a fee or free, open to the public. Adding a soccer goal to a basketball or tennis court will increase the versatility of underutilized courts. which are currently and increasingly rarely used for their intended sport. Concrete is often unwanted and unused but its also the least expensive to maintain usually in close proximity and accessible to user groups. Soccer has become a suburban and not just urban playing spaces so there is a much needed demand for such features and facility developers and managers should consider adding these in demand activities when creating and constructing new facilities or re-developing existing ones.
StreetBall brings creativity, spontaneity and fun back into soccer and play by encouraging children to participate in improvised small-sided games , engage in unstructured free play, enjoy the excitement of game competition, and exploring and learning skills through self-practice in small sided court format/use of kicking/shooting walls & 'skills par courses'. Participation in soccer will increase as a result of the game becoming for fun for young players. Visionary local city officials, club owners will be admired by thousands of players and coaches and families if they had the foresight to build these inexpensive and low space requirement facilities
Placing StreetBall modules in strategic locations near community gathering places, schools and public areas ensures a high amount of foot traffic, visibility, and easy accessibility. StreetBall can become a focal point of the community, generating excitement and attracting spectators, which can make street soccer even more exciting and fun. Each StreetBall initiative will be supported by local organizations and individuals. A 'StreetBall Games' competition and events can be designed and held to promote street ball and optimize facility facility usage and generate revenue.
In addition to renting small sided courts, substantial additional revenue can be generated streams such as year-round trainings, holiday camps and clinics, cafe and retail. StreetBall initiatives can be used year-round by youth clubs and adult user groups for training and competition. 'StreetBall Games' competitions and events can be created by paying user groups or created by the rights holder/management group. These multi-court facilities are more durable than grass, can generate more rental fees per square foot
Placing StreetBall modules in strategic locations near community gathering places, schools and public areas ensures that there is a high amount of access, visibility, and easy accessibility to communities and usergroups. StreetBall can become a focal point of the community, generating excitement, revenue and attracting spectators. StreetBall initiatives can be used year-round by youth clubs and adult user groups for training and competition. 'StreetBall Games' competitions and events can be created by paying user groups or crated by the rights holder/management group. These multi-court facilities are more durable, can generate more rental fees per square foot and have a higher rate of return than grass fields
Placing StreetBall in strategic locations near community gathering places, schools and public areas ensures that there is a high amount of foot traffic, visibility, and easy accessibility. StreetBall an become a focal point of the community, generating excitement and attracting spectators, which can make street soccer even more exciting and fun. Each StreetBall initiative will be supported by local organizations and individuals. A 'StreetBall Games' competition and event will be designed and held to promote StreetBall and the facility
The worlds top clubs use kicking walls to hep train their players but only a few facilities in the USA do so Overseas little practice and games are done on the actual grass fields. Most of the worlds best soccer players and athletes of all codes claim that wall training is one of the main reasons for their success and claim its a fantastic way to self improve. It's also one of the most fun, best and fastest ways to improve a players touch, passing and receiving. It helps players judge flight of ball & improves anticipation and reaction when played at varying angles, pace & distance. Interestingly so few schools and cities install these much needed kicking walls which take up little space and are a small investment compared to others. Football is not only a team sport, its' as much an individual sport and players don't enjoy shooting and having to run after their ball to retrieve it from a net.
Legendary cricketer Donald Bradman would repeatedly hit a golf ball with a small stick against a water tank and used to catch a golf ball off a fence. No opponents, no video analysis or even the right bat & ball. Just him and the stick and ball. The uneven hard surface helped his reaction and anticipation which he said formed the basis of his success
Many of the worlds best players developed their technique as youngsters on school playgrounds, driveways, concrete car parks, tennis courts, sports cages and dusty dirt patches. Cage Soccer (& other street games) is how we developed our touch ourselves as players and coaches and the best players we trained also spent more time using the wall and playing on concrete, dirt and all weather surfaces. Squash courts and handball courts provide the best environment because of the right angles presented in the design of the courts. Courts or 'Cages' are small spaces located on either specifically designed or tennis and basketball courts played on hardtop and concrete surfaces. Players make significant individual technical improvements due to limited space and time presented in these environments. Players learn to protect themselves and the ball and quick thinking is required. Many of the worlds best players played on these surfaces and environments before they played on larger grass fields. They cite that street/cage/wall soccer was most beneficial to their development and should be an integral part of every young soccer players education an where creativity is fostered where players develop their instincts and sharpness
StreetBall founders Gary and Carine Ireland represent and partner with skills training course & technology platform SUPAskills founder/owner former Liverpool F.C legend Craig Johnston, creator of the legendary best selling Adidas Predator shoes. SUPAskills helps StreetBall promote the principles of 'street soccer' and self-directed training. A component of our initiative facility is SUPAskills skills testing course and skill rigs, which helps players hone their technical skills and practice the fundamentals of the game in a fun and exciting way. SUPAskills events (skills competitions, games & festivals) can be held locally and regionally to incentivize players to use local community facilities https://soccerbookconsulting.com/supaskills-craig-johnston
“I learned the most by playing in the backyard or at the local park with my brother Rod and my mates. Hitting a ball up against a wall for hours on end with different parts of my foot, juggling a soft drink can up against the backyard fence, that is what it's all about.”
"During those (street) games I’d use stone walls, teammates & even the curbs of the pavement. My favorite move was to kick the ball against a wall & control the rebound whilst running at speed, as this split second was often the crucial difference between a great goal or loss of possession"
"Dennis Bergkamp refined his technique with such precision he would aim for a corner of a particular brick, time and again, with different pace and power and spin to see how it changed the ball's trajectory and challenged his ability to tame it."
"Do something with the ball, let it bounce, back, back, back against the wall, left, right, that's the main thing" Bergkamp
"Most of the time I was by myself, just kicking the ball against the wall, seeing how it bounces, how it comes back, just controlling it. I found that so interesting" Bergkamp (click to see story)
"He would knock the ball against the walls for hours. Every time he hit the ball, he'd know whether it was a good touch or a bad touch. He'd do it over and over, trying to establish a rhythm'"
Many top players developed their technique as youngsters on school playgrounds, driveways. concrete car parks, tennis courts, sports cages and dusty dirt patches such as the legendary Robin Van Persie, one of the worlds best ever strikers.
"We used to play a game called goal to goal & we would take maybe a couple of thousand shots every day" Van Persie
Players dont need to shoot at a big goal or go to practice to develop their shooting ability. Repetition against a wall or with friends in the key. Ideally a concrete handball court is the best type of facility to use. Van Persie had his cage. Most young top players around the world developed their technique on concrete car parks, tennis courts, sports cages such as the legendary Robin Van Persie, one of the worlds best strikers between 2000- 2015
“From the first time I saw him, I knew this would be a Superman.He would run to training from his house, juggling the ball all the way. For hrs he would kick the ball against the wall of the family home or play in a games court known as 'The Cage'"
Robbie Fowler goes back to Toxteth
Coached by one of our staff members John Owens for 7 years, Fowler played 350 x for Liverpool, Leeds and Man City scoring 150 goals. These types of courts are all over the city of Liverpool & where many top European players spent most of their time growing up playing as children
One of the greatest players in history Diego Maradona playing on a converted clay tennis court
StreetBall modules will be installed in multiple locations within a target community or city, and for two types of uses: for clubs, schools and organizations to run soccer teaching programs and incorporate soccer into their curriculum; and for public use in common areas.
Placing StreetBall modules in strategic locations near community gathering places, schools and public areas ensures that there is a high amount of foot traffic, visibility, and easy accessibility. StreetBall can become a focal point of the community, generating excitement and attracting spectators, which can make street soccer even more exciting and fun. Each StreetBall initiative will be supported by local organizations and individuals. A 'StreetBall Games' competition and event will be designed and held to promote street ball and the facility.
This is where Zidane played every day
One of the key goals of StreetBall is providing more facilities for girls to play soccer. We aim to involve more girls in soccer, starting in schools and at the grassroots level. Soccer can serve as an incredible tool to help teach many valuable lessons, leadership skills and help empower and positively influence the lives of young women.
A football/soccer court is a place for intensive play and practice. The ball will always be in action no matter how many players are playing. The design makes it easy for people outside to follow and take part in the game, making it a social spot as a hangout area or for smaller tournaments for clubs and community to use. For beginners and experienced players of all ages and levels. It helps players improve their game. Top European clubs use it for practices such as Ajax