LFF, IE to Host X-Mas Football Festival Tomorrow

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Liberia Football Foundation founder Sam Burnette celebrates Christmas with kids at the Blue Field during the 2016 edition of the X-Mas festival (Photo Credit: Sam Brunette).

The Liberian Football Foundation (LFF) and Invincible Eleven (IE) will tomorrow host a one day X-Mas football festival for Under 18 kids at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

According to LFF founder Sam Burnette, Jr., the one-day event, which is the second edition, will feature youth football clubs, LFA 1st division and European club fan base teams that will give kids the opportunity to have fun and also explore their talents.

“This year’s football festival will be larger, with the attendance of not only youth but supporters of local football clubs Invincible Eleven and Barrolle, who have the most tradition and the most fans of any local club. We will also see members of the officially recognized Arsenal and Manchester United Supporters Clubs of Liberia,” he said.

During the early stage of the festival, Arsenal and Man United Supporters Clubs will meet and Liberia’s traditional rivals Invincible Eleven and Barrolle will clash in the second encounter; this will be followed by youth matches and training sessions.

Street Soccer Academy and Airfield United Football Club are the two participating youth teams in the event.

“It will be a day of fun and sharing of several gifts including football jerseys and copy books among young children,” he said. “Coaches will also conduct football clinics for the participating teams.”

The Liberia Football Foundation is the philanthropic organization that uses sports and the arts to create social change and development in the lives of children in poor communities. It also uses football to create social and development in the lives of the underprivileged.

“Our three objectives are to organize youth football programs; build/renovate youth football fields/parks; and donate football equipment to children,” Burnette said.

The LFF will also represent Liberia for the second time in the 2018 Street Child World Cup 2018 in Moscow, Russia. The foundation’s team previously represented Liberia at the 2014 edition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Street Child World Cup is a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. LFF, according to its founder, will take nine boys ages 14-16 and three adults to next year’s event. “We will need to raise funds to participate in the event,” he added.

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