Just over a year ago, while sitting at home in Richmond, VA, Garrick Dawson was browsing the web when an article caught his attention. The article was titled, “World’s First Transit Station Soccer Field”. He then shared the story on Facebook, not knowing anything about the non-profit organization, Soccer in the Streets. That was until six months ago when he called the Director of Programs, Lauren Glancy, to get a better understanding of what Soccer in the Streets was all about. A week later, he was packing a U-haul in Richmond to move to Atlanta and start his new position with Soccer in the Streets as the School Program Manager. Coincidence? Maybe. Some would call it fate.
Photos from Saturday, September 8th. West End MARTA Station
Atlanta United and Soccer in the Streets are highlighting the city of Atlanta in the soccer world! Channel 2, WSB-TV covered our organization in a Five Strip Fever segment on September 14th.
Phil Hill, The Executive Director, explains how the organization has grown and the youth players undergo a Lifeworks Program to future their life skills.
As Station Soccer grows in the city of Atlanta, GA. The word spreads fast when the game of soccer is played at a transit station.
Check out this news piece in The Guardian on Station Soccer!
Sanjay Patel, The Director of Strategic Projects, is quoted in the article about his first experiences with expressing the idea about "Station Soccer".
“My first meeting with Marta, I think they thought I was crazy,” recalls Patel. “Atlanta United was not around yet and someone asked, do people even play soccer in this city? But that motivated me. There was a lot of banging heads against walls, there were a lot of naysayers.”
Opportunity knocked for the Soccer in the Streets Lifeworks youth program in July. With the MLS All-Star Game being staged in Atlanta, there was a need for volunteers to operate the many planned events throughout the city. It was an opportunity that the program – and teens – couldn’t pass up.
Working with MLS employees and Striking Marketing, the Soccer in the Streets teens were given the opportunity to officiate the celebrity soccer games, work the event booths getting waivers signed or giving out All-Star swag, as well as working the large crowds and part of the mobile marketing team.
Next stop, MARTA’s West End station.
Two brand new FieldTurf pitches. And, LED lights, lighting so that games and players can go long into the night.
Soccer in the Streets is the engine behind the second field installation adjacent to a MARTA station -- the first field opened at the Five Points station in October 2016. The concept is to enable urban youngsters (ages 6 to 18) to play on the 99-by-66 foot artificial turf fields free of charge, with fees from players in adult leagues partly financing the project.
Soccer in the Streets announces the expansion of the new Station Soccer- West End. Since opening in October 2016, Station Soccer - MARTA Five Points has hosted more than 2,000 soccer players from Metro Atlanta, as well as the United States, and the world. These players represent every creed and color, united by a common love for soccer.
ATLANTA (August 15, 2018) – The Atlanta United Foundation and the City of Atlanta, through its Department of Planning and Design, today announced an official collaboration with Soccer in the Streets and MARTA to expand Station Soccer, the world's first network of soccer fields inside the perimeter of major transit stations.