Newly formed City FC® Girls team participate in Freedom run clinic with Young Rising Stars (Pakistan)
On Saturday, April 11, the newly-formed City Football Club (“City FC®”) girls’ team participated in a unique cultural exchange made possible by DC Stoddert Soccer, the Washington Freedom, the U.S. State Department and the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The City FC® team, comprised of female high school students enrolled at D.C. public schools, joined the Young Rising Stars Female Football Club, a team of young women from Pakistan, at the Maryland SoccerPlex for a clinic led by Washington Freedom coaches Clyde Watson and Chris Ward. Freedom player Parrissa Eyorokon also provided instruction during the clinic.
Following the clinic, City FC® coaches Roy Kelly and Dan Driscoll mixed up the City F.C. and Pakistani players for a 9v9 scrimmage on one of the Maryland SoccerPlex’s excellent turf fields.
The Pakistani players were in D.C. as part of a unique soccer delegation touring the area as part of the U.S. State Department’s SportsUnited Program. The club team has played in many tournaments in Pakistan and won the first All-Pakistan Inter-Club Women’s Football Tournament in August 2008.
After the scrimmage, the players and their coaches walked over to the stadium field, where they watched the Washington Freedom’s WPS home opener – a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars. Several City FC® players also joined the Pakistani delegation after the match for dinner at a local restaurant.
The following Monday, the Young Rising Stars joined City FC®’s girls for a two-hour practice in northwest Washington, where City FC® coaches Driscoll and Andrea Fishman trained the group on tactics and techniques for developing a possession-oriented attack from the backline. The session was also attended by a news crew from the Voice of America (VOA), which produced a report in Urdu on the cultural exchange.
City FC® would like to thank the Washington Freedom for the excellent clinic, Beth Fine and the U.S. State Department for the opportunity to meet and play with the delegation of female soccer players from Pakistan, the Maryland SoccerPlex for providing access to its excellent fields, and DC Stoddert Soccer for arranging free tickets for the young women of City F.C. to watch the Freedom first-ever WPS match at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
The event was a wonderful example of the common ground that the Beautiful Game provides for cultural exchanges like this one. All involved were thrilled and pleased by the unique opportunity share cultures, one pass of the ball at a time.