published on July 17, 2018

Sport dans la Ville wins the Chicago Kicks Cup!

8 youngsters from Sport dans la Ville were able to fly to Chicago to participate in the Chicago Kicks Cup International Soccer Tournament.  

From June 28 to July 1, 2018, the Chicago Kicks Cup was held, a true international soccer competition for young people. Sport dans la Ville had the honor of representing France in a team of 8 young people from the association and 8 young people from the Lycée Français de Chicago.


A discovery of Chicago

Sport dans la Ville has selected 8 young boys, all between the ages of 15 and 17, who are dedicated and involved in the various programs of the association, to participate in the stay in Chicago and in the international tournament.

Supervised by the 2 guides, Sylvain and Pauline, the whole team took off on Sunday, June 24, 2018 for a week of discovery and sport in Chicago.

If the main objective of this trip was the participation of young people in the Chicago Kicks Cup, it was also important that the young people could discover the city of Chicago and the American culture. They were able to visit the Loop neighborhood, enjoy a boat tour on Lake Michigan and admire the panoramic view of the famous Hancock Tower, 344 meters high. The kids even got to see a Sox baseball game.


A week of exchanges

Invited by the Lycée Français de Chicago for the Chicago Kicks Cup, the young people of Sport dans la Ville were able to take advantage of this week to meet people from different backgrounds.

The sporting objective has never been neglected during this stay. The 8 youngsters from Sport dans la Ville trained daily alongside the youngsters from the Lycée Français. A beach-soccer tournament was even organised in order to strengthen the links between the youngsters. These moments of exchange allowed the creation of a group and a team ready to give their all during the tournament.

The young people of Sport dans la Ville also had the honor of being received by the consul of Chicago who wanted to encourage them 3 days before the launch of the competition.


We are the Champions!

Composed equally of the youth from Sport dans la Ville and the Lycée Français de Chicago, the French team took part in the tournament on Friday, June 29th. Sure of their ability to surpass themselves and their level of play, the youngsters approached each match with serenity.

For two days, the team won one victory after another and left its mark on the tournament. On Sunday, they reached the final. In a hard-fought match, the French youngsters overcame Nazarene United by winning 5-2. The cup is French!

Having won the Chicago Kicks Cup in the U15 category, the youngsters of Sport dans la Ville and the Lycée Français de Chicago are thus, like their compatriots of the French Team, world champions!



At the same time, four youngsters from Sport dans la Ville were able to fly to Russia to take part in the Fifa Foundation Festival organised by FIFA and streetfootballworld. The trip included incredible encounters with young people of different nationalities, sports time under the sign of fair play and the discovery of Moscow and Russian traditions.

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