Watch :: “Women’s Football Day : Spotlight on Bahamas”

Filed under: CONCACAF, post space featured, Social Issues

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated its first annual Women’s Football Day this past Saturday, May 23, 2015.

This initiative, which was presented at the CONCACAF “Let’s Develop Women’s Football” seminar held in October 2014, in Philadelphia, will aim to unite all 41 Member Associations to celebrate women’s football throughout the region.

Through this initiative, CONCACAF aims to accomplish three objectives:

- Generate awareness about the transformative power of women’s football for girls and women
- Promote and encourage continued investment in women’s football
- Unite every Member Association in creating a memorable day of women’s football

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Conversations in Soccer – Trey Fitz-Gerald Part Two

Filed under: Conversations in Soccer, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Real Salt Lake, Videos

There are a lot of people in the soccer world who operate behind the scenes in order for the game to flourish. You might not know all of their names or see them in the limelight, but without them, things aren’t getting done. The sport is not growing. The final product that we see on the field and in stadiums each week throughout the season just wouldn’t be the same without these individuals. We want to showcase these folks a little bit more. Introduce them and their good work to soccer fans across the country. They make the sport better and we feel it’s only right to give them a little bit of the shine that they deserve.

In Part Two of our series on Trey, he talks about some of the rich history of RSL, the recently celebrated “Dunnyversary” and growth of the club from the early days with Clint Mathis and Eddie Pope, to what Real Salt Lake is today through the hard work of entire RSL Family.

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adidas X15 Behind The Scenes

Filed under: Uncategorized

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adidas recently made the very bold move of discontinuing some of their most iconic and beloved boot silos and replaced them with brand new boots. One of those is called the X15. To better explain the thinking behind the X15, adidas has put together a behind the scenes video that walks viewers through the thought process, the inspiration and the process of bringing the X15 to life.

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I’m always a big fan of seeing behind the scenes videos or imagery and hearing about the story and process that goes into the production of something like this. And I think it is especially important in a situation like this when you are introducing something completely new. Fans and players need to have a better understanding of the why’s and the what’s and the how’s.

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UN Women Announces Partnership With Valencia

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Jerseys, La Liga News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Spanish La Liga, Valencia

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

We posted earlier about this announcement, but since then we were sent some images from the event that we wanted to share. Very cool partnership between Valencia and UN Women. I imagine that the front of jersey placement should help get more eyeballs and hopefully raise awareness. Very cool if soccer is able to help be a part of that. Official info rom their press release is below:

The United Nations entity dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women announced today a partnership with Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first time ever that UN Women will collaborate with a professional sports team.

“UN Women is dedicated to bringing more men and boys into the gender equality conversation,” said Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, launching the partnership.

“Valencia’s players are strong role models who will lead by example and inspire their vast fan base. We are excited to have Valencia show its support during every match played, with the cause prominently displayed to fans and viewers around the world,” she added.

Under the partnership, the UN Women logo will be emblazoned on the back of the team’s players’ jerseys when they play in European competitions such as the Champions League, one of the most renowned tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football.

In addition, special matches and soccer clinics will take place over the next four years throughout Spain, the Americas and other parts of the world.

Valencia CF is the only club in the top Spanish league, Liga BBVA with a female Chair, Lay Hoon Chan, who is also the first woman ever to hold that position in Valencia CF’s 96-year history.

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

“We are honoured to work alongside UN Women and the global community to support and bring awareness to such a remarkable cause,” said Ms. Chan. “This is a long-term commitment to really help make a difference to expand advocacy efforts towards gender equality. It’s not only a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue that Valencia CF strongly believes in.”

With high-profile public advocacy initiatives such as HeforShe, UN Women seeks to engage men and boys across the globe as agents of change, and the entire Valencia CF first team, including superstars Dani Parejo, Shkodran Mustafi, Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Negredo, as well Valencia CF Executive President, Amadeo Salvo, and Valencia CF Ambassador Mario Alberto Kempes kicked off the campaign in New York.

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

The new jerseys will make their debut tomorrow when Valencia take on the Columbus Crew.

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

Valencia Club De Futbol and UN Women Kick Off Partnership to Promote Gender Equality

Photo credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown

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Trailer Alert :: “POINT BREAK” 2015

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

I’ll be honest here, I am torn on this one.

In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.

Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.

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The original PB is an AWESOME movie that stands the test of time. I literally watched it about 3 weeks ago and it was right where it needed to be.

I used to work at one of these really big movie studios and I was always a little bit worried when they decided to remake these classics, but they never stopped doing it. Some hit, some missed, and some got people fired.

From this trailer, this movie looks like they got it right, but I’m torn because it could probably stand alone and not have to be a PB “remake” with a blonde Keanu. Why not just recycle the story line and call it something different? Plenty of movies do it.

But, I will say this: If I’m not visiting my mom come December 25, or on some tropical island with a drink in one and a honey that speaks really bad English in the other…. you can probably catch me in a movie theater watching this day one.

* If you haven’t watched Point Break, the original, stop everything that you are doing right now. If not, I don’t know if we can be friends.

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Conversations in Soccer – Trey Fitz-Gerald

Filed under: Conversations in Soccer, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, Featured, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Real Salt Lake, Videos

There are a lot of people in the soccer world who operate behind the scenes in order for the game to flourish. You might not know all of their names or see them in the limelight, but without them, things aren’t getting done. The sport is not growing. The final product that we see on the field and in stadiums each week throughout the season just wouldn’t be the same without these individuals. We want to showcase these folks a little bit more. Introduce them and their good work to soccer fans across the country. They make the sport better and we feel it’s only right to give them a little bit of the shine that they deserve.

We’ve shown some different people in the soccer world through our Conversations in Soccer series, and this week we feature Trey Fitz-Geraldfrom Real Salt Lake.

Trey is as good at what he does as anybody else out there. He has been with RSL since day one and he has helped build this club into what it is today. In this excerpt Trey talks about his responsibilities for RSL, communicating with supporters near and far, and how RSL empowers its fans and supporters to be ambassadors of Real Salt Lake and the game of soccer.

Part One

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Nike Unveils New Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSG Kits for 2015-16

Filed under: Barcelona, Culture & Lifestyle, Inter Milan, Jerseys, Neymar, Nike, PSG, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

With the 2014-15 season wrapping up in European leagues, Nike is already unveiling what some of their biggest sponsored teams kits will look like next season. Nike has released imagery and information for the kits for Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSG for next season.

Each jersey features Dri- Fit technology that Nike describes below:

Nike Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts where it quickly evaporates. This allows players to perform at their best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.

The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels in key areas of the kit are designed to improve performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies and helping regulate their temperatures.

The jersey is crafted using a full mesh fabric – this makes up the full front and back panel of the shirt, increasing airflow and facilitating enhanced movement.

In addition to the Dri-Fit, the jerseys are made from recycled bottles. This is such an amazing ways to produce jerseys. They have been doing it for awhile and yet I am still amazed that bottles are being reimagined into jerseys as opposed to just taking up space in a landfill.

Nike places sustainable innovation at the heart of its kits through the use of recycled polyester, delivering unrivalled performance and lower environmental impact.

Each piece of the kit – the shirt, shorts and socks – is constructed with recycled polyester, which is made from recycled plastic bottles that are melted down to produce fine yarn used to create the fabric. Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 2 billion plastic bottles from landfills into recycled polyester – enough to cover about 3,500 football pitches.

By using recycled polyester, Nike is also reducing the energy consumed in the manufacturing process by up to 30 percent compared to virgin polyester. For more information, visit nikebetterworld.com

Barcelona Home

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Barcelona Away

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Inter Milan Home

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PSG Home

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Nike Makes Custom Mercurial Vapors for Eden Hazard

Filed under: Boots, Chelsea, Culture & Lifestyle, Eden Hazard, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Nike

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This has been an incredibly successful season for Eden Hazard. He won some pretty big individual awards as well as bagging the EPL with Chelsea. To help celebrate a sensational season, Nike created an exclusive pair of Mercurial Vapors for Hazard’s last game of the season.

“This season has been incredible for me personally, the team, for the fans and my family. To have these special Nike Mercurial Vapor’s made just for me to celebrate the end of the season and everything I and the team have achieved is a true honor, I love them.” – Eden Hazard

Drawing inspiration from Hazard’s trademark ability to electrify the game with pace, flair and trickery, the Nike Football design team created a white Mercurial Vapor X that illuminates through streaks of royal blue lightning bolts. On the medial side of each boot’s upper the lightening bolts spell “Hazard.” The additional detailing makes this Mercurial Vapor X a boot that encapsulates Hazard’s personal story, style of play and accomplishments.

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“Rien ne me touche” runs around the top of the crest. Translated as “Nothing can touch me”, the motto epitomizes Hazard’s confidence, adventure and attacking enterprise that have lit up the Barclays Premier League this season.

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These were limited to one and only pair!!

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