Moscow Youth Soccer League 2015

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Another outstanding season of Moscow Youth Soccer League finished on October 11, 2015. Participants experienced magnificent victories, occasional defeats, and all the vagaries of Russian weather, but one thing was unchangeable: children and their parents had fun during all ten playing days.

Moscow Youth Soccer League is the biggest expatriate sports event in the Russian capital, and has taken place every fall for almost 20 years. As always, 3-16 year olds participated in the season, which gave them the chance to meet old friends and find new ones. The variety of nationalities and languages spoken at the soccer fields makes the League not only an event for children, but also a wonderful pastime for the whole family. “The best thing about MYSL is a chance to show kids the importance of international friendship and respectable behavior,” says one of the parents. “The children have been playing together for several years, growing up with the League, waiting for upcoming seasons for months, and enjoying every second of each of it.”

Although teens over 16 do not play in the League, they still come to the fields as coaches and referees, and such long-term cooperation is very important to the League. “We are really thankful for every volunteer participating in MYSL,” says Ksenia Mershina, project leader and MYSL fundraiser. “Our volunteers are the backbone of the tournament and, side by side with our sponsors, they make the League possible.”

Sponsors are invaluable to MYSL. They not only finance the League, but also try to make it much more entertaining for participants. Thanks to MYSL’s sponsors and partners, this season was unforgettable. For example, Nissan provided an incredible opportunity for the 14-16 year old players to become a part of the opening ceremony of UEFA Champions League’s match.

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Moscow expat Life magazine supports the League every year and 2015 was not an exclusion. 8-9 year olds joined the Moscow Expat Life team and scored well.

In partnership with MPC Social Services, MYSL held an Intercultural Friendship Day on October the 10th as part of ‘Football against Racism’ in Europe’s annual ‘Football People Action Week.’ Children of all ages from the African immigrant and refugee community and Russian high school students from a local technical school took part in several friendly matches for each age division. MYSL division leaders and referees even took part in a match against local African players. It was inspiring to see how soccer brought people from all walks of life together.

The MYSL organizers do not stop with what has been done in the past. They keep working hard to make each new season more successful. This spring, the Moscow Youth Champions League will run for the second time: organizers as well as participants are looking forward to spending another wonderful soccer season together. The registration for the Spring League is open now at www.youthsports.ru

Special thanks to MYSL’s sponsors for the 2015 season:

Moscow Youth Soccer League Sponsors

Alinga ConsultingKhimki Business ParkRosinter
Beverly Hills DinerLincoln InternationalRepsol
British Football SchoolLowlands Accounting ServicesRibambelle
BNEMagic CastleSingapore Airlines
Dunkin’ Donuts
Max Brenner Chocolate BarSoftball Pigs
DeloitteMoscow Expat LifeSportdepo
ECSTOMoscow Expat SalonTamaris
EPAPNissanThe Moscow Times
Family Iris GroupOneximTXL
G-NIUSPepsiCoUS Dental Care
GenbankP&G
Ideas4RetailRBC

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