About two and a half weeks ago I was contacted by US soccer asking me if I would be interested in photographing a new youth futsal event at the Home Depot Center in LA. The organization liked my work with dancers and wanted me to use that skill to capture the emotional aspect of the kids playing futsal.
Futsal is a sport that is similar to soccer. The US Soccer Organization has recently decided to incorporate this sport into their development of youth players. As opposed to playing on a soccer field outside, you play on a tennis sized court and typically it is played indoors. This allows the players who live in colder climates to practice all year long. It is extremely fast paced and intense.
Throughout the week, I focused on a couple of young athletes that potentially will be playing on a professional level. Watching these kids was truly captivating. The passion and fluidity to soccer is very similar to ballet. These future pros spend many days and long hours honing in on their skills to make sure they are ready for any situation. Even when their games had ended or there was small halftime break, all the players would flood the court just to kick the ball around.
I have never seen something that reminded me of ballet more than this sport. Below are the pictures that I believed captured the emotion and characteristics of this amazing event put on by US Soccer. If you would like to see the magazine put together by US Soccer, download the app US Soccer and then view the magazine called Scout Issue Two. You swipe side to side to see each of the players and up and down to find out more about one particular player.
I look forward to watching these talented athletes again in the future.